We started our day by sharing our Lego or building project. The children were so proud of what they made to share. We are having a fun time getting to know each with our Spirit Days, and are also getting better at muting and unmuting! The kids are doing a great job of speaking up so their classmates can hear and understand them.
We talked about the routine for Readers Workshop. This is a time when we will be listening to books and talking about them. We made a chart that tells what Readers Workshop looks like and sounds like.
In Readers Workshop today, we listened to a story called I'm Sticking With You, by Smriti Prasadam-Halls. This is a sweet story about two friends, a squirrel and a bear. Here's a book trailer about the book. You might want to watch the trailer with your child, then ask them to tell you more about what happened in the book.
We practiced rhyming words again today. We played an online game from ABCYA, called Alphabats - Rhyming. Your child can find a link to this game in our Google Classroom. I showed the children how to play it today as we practiced rhyming words with the game.
In Shared Writing today, we wrote about why we wanted to come to school today in response to the story Katy's First Day of School. I modeled how we get an idea, say the words, then begin to write the words. We talked about how many words we said, then checked to see that was how many words I wrote. We also counted spaces between the words to call attention to putting spaces between words.
We practiced handwriting again today. We will be going through the alphabet to review how to write letters, but will spend more time on each letter soon. I have to tell you how impressed I am with the handwriting I am seeing! The kids are doing a really great job of writing their letters neatly and so others can easily read them.
We practiced "belly breathing" today. We can use belly breathing to settle down when we have strong feelings. Sometimes the strong feelings are anger, but they can also be sadness, worried feelings, being over excited, or any feeling that is making it hard to focus. We watching this video that tells about belly breathing.
We also drew pictures of a peaceful, calm place we can visualize as we belly breathe. Ask me to show you my peaceful place picture.
In math we continued to talk about objects that are the same, but different. We also practiced counting, using our math fingers which are like a number line.
In the afternoon we talked about rules at school and at home. We talked about why rules are important. The children drew pictures of a rule they have at home. Most of the children did the assignment, but several students did not. I just want you to be aware that it's the expectation that children participate, but I know it was the end of the day and the children were getting tired. Ask your child to share their picture of the rule they drew. If they did not draw a rule, you may want to talk to them about giving it a try, and that they need to listen and do what the teachers tells them to do, just like they were in a classroom at school.
Enjoy your evening!