We started our day with our Talk Time, studying these beautiful photos. We are working on identifying similarities in photos and texts. The children had a really robust discussion with their partners. They noticed that this photo was taken from the exact same location at different times of the year.
We continued thinking about similarities in our reading comprehension lesson. We compared two texts and made a chart that listed how the texts were the same and different. This was more difficult for the students, but in part because they have not had enough instruction in informational text features and different types of texts. This is a lesson that will be repeated throughout the year with other texts.
We had a Social Studies lesson about rules. We read a beautiful book called The Golden Rule, by Ilene Cooper. This is a beautiful book that I highly recommend. This book talks about the golden rule being a part of most cultures and religions. It also talks about how simple the golden rule is, and that you need to use your imagination to put yourself in someone else's position and to think about how you would feel. We talked once again about the most important word we will talk about this year; empathy. We watched a video from Sesame Street that helped us understand empathy better. I will be attaching a video of the book I read as well as Mark Ruffalo talking with Telly about empathy. Enjoy!
In math, we worked with writing the number six and adding one more to a set. When it was time to do the page out of the book, what I found was that, although I went over the directions and modeled several times, children still did not follow directions. They understand the concept but do not follow the directions so their work is incorrect. This also occured in the morning with coloring the word "the." We talked about, and they saw me use, the color yellow. I also told them they could use one other color to color the remainder of the spaces. Although we went over the directions several times, we still had many students not follow the directions. We will be working more on following directions. The children know this is something they will be graded on, so it is something that is not only important in being the best learner they can, but also is important because it is on the report card. This is something we have to work on every year in kindergarten, so it isn't that they are not listening, I think it's more of understanding that what we say is not a choice, it is what they are expected to do.
Have a nice evening!