Today we studied this Norman Rockwell painting and looked for clues that would help us tell the story of this painting. One of the first things the children talked about was the "squiggly white line" up the center of the painting. NO ONE was able to identify this as smoke from a cigarette. They didn't have that background knowledge. This made my day. Several children had heard the word once I said it and said they saw cigarettes on the ground before, but they didn't know about smoking. We talked about the clues in the picture and the children were able to figure out that dad was hiding from the family that was going to church. They were intrigued by all the newspaper on the floor, and I pointed out the color comics page which some children said they had seen, but most had not so we will probably look at comics Friday.
We worked more with measurement, counting on one and counting back one, and reviewed five sticks. We will be doing more work with the five sticks because it's such an important concept for them to get a firm understanding of counting on from five. They need to look at a stick with five cubes of one color, and five or less of another color and know they could just count on from five instead of counting the whole stick.
We enjoyed reading the poem about Catsup. We looked for words that had the short a sound, and we studied the punctuation in the poem. We practiced reading the poem using the punctuation.
The children had time on the Chromebooks in the afternoon going to the Really Great Reading Playground to practice what we are learning while I tested. They did a nice job logging on mostly on their own.
Have a nice evening!