We are recognizing Red Ribbon Week with short lessons about living a healthy life. We wrote and talked about taking time to relax. We read a story called Moody Cow Meditates, by Kerry Lee MacLean. We made text-to-self connections about the kind of day Daisy the Cow was having. We learned about the importance of breathing in being calm. Ask me to tell you about belly breathing and what we were doing in these pictures! (It wasn't sleeping!)
In writing this week, we have been focusing on putting spaces between our words as we write. We use Spaceman as a reminder. Spaceman is a tongue depressor that has a astronaut type face on it. This is a great motivator to remember to put those spaces between words! We wrote personal experience stories today, and tomorrow we will begin to fix them up to make them our best try.
We have had a lot of fun with measurement. We have been using Cuisenaire Rods to compare and order length. A few of the kids have done some problem solving with the rods. They had to multiple answers using clues about length. Today we began making our own Halloween pictures following oral directions that involved measurement.
We had a class meeting about honesty this week. We read the book Hello Goodbye and a very little lie, by Christianne Jones. We predicted what would happen in the story as we read. Larry told some very fantastic lies in this story. Ask me to tell you what happened that taught Larry a lesson. We talked about our own experiences with lying, and had a very interesting discussion as you might imagine! But the one point I tried to make was that telling the truth is a good habit to learn when you are young, and that accepting responsibility and telling the truth needs to be learned when you are a kid and solving kid-size problems. It gets harder when you are a grown-up! I also let them know that just like at home, we will love them even when they make the wrong choices and that telling the truth will help us to help them with their problems. I know you probably think I work for Amazon on the side, but Hello Goodbye and a little lie is also a book I highly recommend for your family book collection. It has a strong, clear message that is taught in a simple, funny way.
Just a reminder that I am trying to finalize my conference schedule. If you have not signed up for a conference yet, please do so by the end of the week so I can give the office a copy of my schedule. Thanks!
Have a nice evening!