The kids did a great job coming in today and remembering our morning routines. I'm still back with them beside the cubbies with reminders but I will be pulling back soon. We talked about what responsibilities are today in Social Studies and they remembered what they are responsible for in the classroom. We also talked about about rules we have at home. We read the book Bella's Rules by Elissa Haden about a little girl who only wants to follow her own rules. Ask me what rules Bella made for herself.
We started our Really Great Reading program today. This program starts with the same vocabulary we are working with in math. We talked about the same and different and noticed differences and similarities in pictures.
Since we have no specials on Tuesday I am doing an extended Social Emotional Learning lesson. Today we learned about self-control. We read the book Oh No, George, by Chris Haughton. George is a dog that tries to be good, but when left alone, he loses his self-control and gets into some trouble. Ask me to tell you what George does when Harry leaves. We defined self-control as stopping yourself from doing something even though you really want to do it. We talked about stopping and thinking about the choices you have instead of acting too quickly. Then we practiced our own self control. I had a bubble wand that I waved over them. The rule was they could not reach up and pop the bubbles or move their body to pop the bubbles. If they did they had to go back to their seats. They did a great job, although a few friends had to go to their seats and watch the others.
In math, we practiced two routines and did a quick problem set. We learned how we would follow a path to get supplies. Knowing this routine will make it easier for students to get supplies quickly and get to work. We learned about using a ruler to draw a straight line. We also learned how to tear one math page out of our math book at a time. The children did really well with that although we had a few tear more pages out than I needed them to, but we can deal with that! It's not easy, but I want to be able to send home their classwork so you can see what we are doing and how they are doing. Today they just had to draw a line to connect animals that were almost the same.
I hope to see you tomorrow evening at Back to School Night. I added a book trailer for Oh No, George at the bottom of this page. It's a really sweet book not only about self-control but also unconditional love. Have a nice evening!