Last week we started talking about feeling frustrated. We studied these photographs and even copied what the frustrated people were doing in the photographs. We studied each of the smaller photographs and tried to determine why the people were frustrated. Even though we looked at photographs of grown-ups, we talked about times we were frustrated with partners.
We also talked about what feeling frustrated looks like, sounds like and feels like. We know that we can be a little frustrated all the way to really frustrated where we have very strong feelings and our bodies feel tense and tight. We have begun to talk about what we can do when we feel this way. We did a guided lesson on melting today. The children first became frozen, then slowly melted down to a puddle on the ground, releasing deep breaths. We also visualized a balloon we pulled down gently. We will continue to talk about feelings, and read a few stories about characters who become frustrated and how they deal with their strong feelings. Ask me to tell and show you how I can freeze and melt to help when I'm having strong feelings.
In math we learned a new math game. The format of this game is one we will use with other concepts in both reading and math. It's a kind of bingo game the children can either play on their own, in a pair, or in a small group. Friday when we played another game during our Math Bin time after lunch, we had some problems with dice being thrown hard and lost, loud voices, and children just getting carried away. Today was so much better. They were focused and played the game quieter. This game worked with two hands showing fingers to represent quantities, and other children had bears in a ten frame formation. The children are good at counting and recognizing numerals, but this game helps them become more familiar with looking at small quantities and knowing how many without counting, and begins to help them look at five and some more to help build a relationship between those numbers. This will provide a good foundation for working with numbers in addition and subtraction.
We took a mini virtual field trip to the Statue of Liberty. We learned about the symbols on the statue and were told what they stand for, and took a quick look inside the state.
Have a nice evening!