Today for a social emotional lesson, we learned about the "golden rule." We read a beautiful book called The Golden Rule, by Ilene Cooper. This beautiful book shares that the golden rule is part of all religions in one form or another. Ask me to tell you the golden rule. The book also discusses how important it is to think about how others feel, in fact the grandfather tells his grandson to use his imagination to think about how others feel. We learned about the word empathy too. Ask me to tell you about empathy. Below is a read aloud of the book, and the video we watched to learn more about empathy.
We also looked at two of the texts we read last week in Benchmark for reading. We looked at what made the texts the same and what was different about them. We also did a guided writing to tell one way the two texts are similar. Here's our chart of our work.
In math, we finished up our mid-module math testing. As we have been going through our lessons, I have been able to check for understanding without having to do this long test that is usually done 1:1.
We worked on a couple of Orton-Gillingham routines that will be part of our weekly instruction. We worked with the sand trays to practice the letter sound, as well as letter formation. We use the pointer finger to trace the letter, as we say "c says /k/." Orton-Gillingham focuses on using the senses to learn, so using tactile, auditory and visual will help these sounds become more automatic so they can be easily used during reading and writing.
We also went over the red word routine. The children do not have the bumpy boards yet, but we went through using a red crayon to write on a paper on top of the bumpy board. We also did arm tapping, which is done using the opposite writing arm outstretched, with the writing hand crossing the midline of the body and starting at the shoulder and tapping down the arm while saying the letters of the red word. After tapping, the children say the word as they move their hand from shoulder to hand while saying the red word. We will be working hard to make these routines quick, so having supplies ready will be important. I'll let you know more this week about what you will be picking up and what to do with it so your child has easy access to it.
Have a nice evening!