Did you know today was International Happiness Day? In honor of this special day, we talked about what makes us happy. We listened to a beautiful book by Layla's Happiness, by Mariahadessa Ekere Tallie. The little girl in this book simply talks about what makes her happy. We listened to the song Happiness, from the musical You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, and exercised our brain to remember most of the things mentioned in the song that bring happiness. We wrote about what happiness is for us.
Today we read an African folktale, Ungalala, in our Benchmark lesson. This story was about animals who were very hungry and thirsty but could not remember the name of the tree that would provide them with food and water. Ask me to retell the story to you by thinking about the beginning, (what gets the story started), the middle of the story (where most of the events happen that work out the problem), and the end of the story, (how it all works out).
In math today we worked with decomposition of numbers through nine. We played the game Snap where a partner has a specific number of cubes behind their back that they snap into two parts. They show their partner one part and the partner has to tell them how many cubes are still behind their back. This is a fun game that can be played with other things such as goldfish crackers where some would be put outside of a cup and some inside the cup. We used the counting-on strategy to count-on from the known number, the quantity of cubes that could be seen, and counting-on to the number they started with using their fingers to keep track of the unknown part. The chidlren still need prompting to remember to say the next number after the number they are counting on from.
We of course had to look at the three little bobbleheads in the Greenway nest too. We watched them being fed and were concerned about DG5 not getting any food. Since he hatched yesterday, he had had the yolk in the egg for his last meal before leaving the egg so his belly was full, but he did feed a couple times earlier, we just didn't see it live. He is still learning to keep his head up. These eaglets are so cute. Once we saw them lined up side by side to be fed, and another time they were in line like a train with DG5 at the front and DG3 as the caboose. The children wrote in their journals about what they noticed. Ask me to tell you a question I have about the eaglets. I am working to set up a Zoom discussion with one of the moderators of the nest so we can get some of our questions answered by an expert!
Have a nice evening!