What a busy day! We started our day finishing our suitcase for postcards even before the bell rang. I didn't get a chance to put on the handles so they will come home next Monday.
We worked with the th sound today. This is a tricky sound for many kindergarten students because they may still be substituting the /f/ for /th/. We worked to make sure we were putting our tongue between the front teeth and force air through the teeth. We will continue to work with this sound, especially looking for the letters in print. We want children to see them and know it's the /th/ and not /t/ and /h/ separately. I remind them I don't want to hear t-huh.
We also reviewed red words that are still tricky. We worked with for, come, do and put. We practiced writing them on white boards, which always seems to bring out the best in handwriting!
We talked briefly about adding s and sometimes es to words to make words plural. It's important for children to hear the words to help them, at this point, to know whether it is s or es, so as they are writing, they should be softly saying the word and tapping out the sounds.
In science we talked about motion paths. Ask me to tell you the five motion paths. If they need help, ask them to thing about a train, a seesaw, a merry-go-round, a snake and a swing.
We continue to check in on the eagles at the Arboretum. I had seen a funny video of Mr. President trying to get Lotus to move off the nest, at least that's what the moderators thought. He kept putting a stick on or near her, and she would move it away. I couldn't share it with the kids since it was on Instagram, but I found another video of Mr. President trying to work a very big stick into the nest railings. He had some difficulty. Someone added talking bubbles to the video, and one of the children asked if the person that made the video knew "eagle talk language." I added the video to the bottom of the blog if you would like to watch it!
We read a book called Can You Say Peace, by Karen Katz. This book is a sweet book that introduces the word peace in many different languages. We talked about what peace means to us. Then we looked at photographs of the beautiful country of Ukraine. We talked a little more about what is happening, and what it means the people of Ukraine can and cannot do. Then we wrote about what peace means to us. Their writing was very thoughtful and from their heart. I was really proud of what they did. We will be hanging it proudly on our bulletin board outside our classroom. We didn't really have enough time to create sunflowers, so we will do this Monday.
Please look in your child's backpack to find a COVID test kit.
Have a wonderful weekend!