We started our day looking at these beautiful birds. We talked about how they are the same and different. Ask me to tell you about these birds. The same, the same but different, and different are words we are using in both math and our RGR work. Most of these birds were familiar to the children because we chose which bird we were most like the first week of school. We met with the other birds in our group and talked about why we chose that bird. Ask me to tell you which bird I picked.
We talked about our Calming Corner today. I demonstrated strong feelings by throwing a book on the floor pretending to be very angry. The book is called When Sophie Gets Angry, Really Really Angry, but Molly Bang. We read the book and noticed Sophie's strong feelings, then listened to find out what she did to work through her strong feelings. Ask me to tell you what Sophie did to calm down. We will continue to talk about how we can calm down and stop ourselves from doing things like throwing a book down, or hitting, kicking, etc. Then we looked at our calming corner and some of the "tools" in the calming corner. I told them these are tools we use to help calm down, not toys to play with. We will look at them again and take time for children to try them out.
We used our math bins and sorted magnetic alphabet letters. The children were to work in two groups at each table, so the groups had 3 or 2 children in them. Getting them to make a shared collection is tricky, but this is the second time and most understood more what they needed to do. Most groups first sorted by color, but then I suggested looking at the lines or curves to sort the letters.
In the afternoon I was trying to start doing the testing online we need to do from the state, but the app wasn't loading. Apparently I wasn't the only one with that idea in Maryland. Finally it loaded but I didn't have time to test, so tomorrow we will be doing some testing. This testing will be done one on one, or with two children on the app. There are several questions that I have to be there to score even though it's on the app. The other children were making line drawings on the big paper so I had time to test, but my plans were foiled by the app. The children made their line artwork anyway. We studied the ideas above and then they worked on their own. Tomorrow is another day, and we will get through this mountain of testing!
Have a nice evening!