What a great day! Today we had a visit from Albert's mom, who is a scientist at NIH working in the Infectious Disease Unit on tuberculosis. She came in wearing her protective suit, which got the kinders' attention immediately! She shared a powerpoint with the children about tuberculosis and showed pictures of what she does. She took a sample of their finger to find the germs that are on their finger and will send us pictures to show what was on each of their fingers. She also had one child wash their hands to see the difference in her first finger sample and the second washed finger. She also brought with her lots of little scientific tools she uses in her job for the children, so they are coming home with a bag of goodies. I suggested they play scientist at home, and several of them seemed to come up quickly with plans for this involving brothers!
We had a class meeting today to talk about best friends. We talked about how best friends are great to have, but to not miss opportunities to make new friends or get to know others better because you are spending so much time with just one friend. We also talked about being sure we don't exclude others in our play. Monday, we are going to make "playdates" before recess to spend time with someone we haven't spent much time with before and play with them at least part of our recess.
We are continuing to work on addition and subtraction fluency. We are working with adding on one and two and subtracting one within ten. We are doing better at paying attention to the signs as we go quickly through flashcards.
Your children are also bringing home two books from the PTA Book Exchange today. They were complimented on their polite behavior by the moms working in the room, and I was so proud of how quietly they listened and how gentle they were in looking for books that were on the tables.
Remember, no school for kids tomorrow!
Have a great weekend!