What a day to forget my camera! We had a very busy, fun day and could have had a lot of great pictures!
We learned a new routine for our Orton Gillingham lessons. Today we used the sand trays. We learned how we are going to get them and carefully walk them to the table, and how we stack them to put them away. We know we are to use only one finger in the sand. We also know if we don't follow the routine, we may have to use a glitter board instead, which is not as good for this kind of learning. The kids did an amazing job! We had a little extra time since we are only working with c, so they got to draw and write in the sand for a few minutes.
Mrs. Kanter visited us. She brought a toolbox with things that would help us to remember what she does at our school. You will find a brochure about counseling in your child's folder today. We also filled in a page in our Who Works at Bells Mill book we are working on in Social Studies. Today we drew Mrs. Kanter and her friend she brings to lessons. Ask me to tell you who or what she brought today!
We opened a new station in our play time today. We opened the Art Station. We have construction paper, ordinary and fancy scissors, and glue. I modeled opening and closing glue bottles, using just a dot and smearing it with the tip of the glue bottle, and closing and cleaning off the tip of the glue bottle when they are finished.
I also modeled cutting. We know to hold the scissors with our writing hand, and turn the paper with our hand that holds the paper, not the scissors.
We had our first fire drill today. The kids did pretty well but were very talkative on the way out. That usually happens the first time even though we tell them to go out quietly, but they get excited. We have a siren with a voice that comes on saying to leave the building, so it's not a loud, scary beeping. Everyone seemed fine and didn't need much reassurance about this just being a drill.
This week was our week to eat outside in the courtyard. It's a beautiful area with lots of shade. The kids did a good job eating and not getting up and down all the time. We rotate weeks where we eat in the courtyard. When the children are eating in the cafeteria, they have the option to go outside beside the cafeteria and eat. They sit in the grass and must remain seated while eating. Today when I went in to the cafeteria, Dr. Smith was putting numbers on the benches in the cafeteria. Each child will be assigned a number where they will sit. I asked last week who wanted to sit with whom, and we came up with some pods of students. I'll assign numbers based on those pods.
I will be out on Monday and Friday next week. This weekend I get to see my parents for the first time in about 20 months, and my nephew for the first time in about four years. Normally I would not be out so early in the year, but this is a very important family event that my sister scheduled that originally I was not going to attend. My trip in August had to be cancelled so I decided to go for part of this family trip to take my mom to West Virginia to see where she was born and other family places. Friday I have to have dental work. Both days I have Mrs. Consroe who is, without a doubt, the most amazing and kind substitute teacher EVER! The kids will love her! I will be sending you an e-mail about this as well just to be sure that if you have any changes in dismissal, please call the office and they will tell Mrs. Consroe.
Have a wonderful weekend!