We started our day looking at photographs of different places that would be great places to relax and recharge. We talked about the importance of taking time to recharge, and how that is part of staying healthy. We referred to our SELF poster that reminds us to take care of ourselves with four healthy practices. Ask me to tell you what the letters in SELF stand for in Health. (Sleep, exercise, leisure, food.)
We took a quick peek this morning at the eagles nest at the Arboretum. Lotus was on the nest and had little water droplets all over her. This was a great opportunity for the children to begin to learn about how birds keep their bodies dry when it's raining or snowing. We talked about how birds have oil that is spread over their feathers when they are preening, making their feathers like a raincoat for thei r bodies. The children have so many questions and are keeping me on my toes looking for answers to what I don't know about eagles!
We read some books on Epic this morning, instead of reading from our classroom library. This is one way I can assign books that the children can read independently this way. There are also a few books I have assigned that are high interest that are either read to them, or that they can look at the photographs and read some of on their own. We also practiced taking a photo, on Seesaw, of some of the writing we did last week. They did a great job for the first attempt.
In Benchmark, we read a story called The No Tech Day! The children had a lot of ideas of what you can do with batteries or electricity. We are working on writing our opinion about the best thing to do on a no tech day.
We continue to work with number bonds in Eureka. Some of the children are having difficulty with the abstract way of showing the parts and whole in the number bond diagram, so we are taking more time to just discover the relationship between numbers. We will be doing more work with manipulatives to reinforce breaking apart groups of items to help the children get a better understanding of the concept of number bonds. If you would like your child to work in the homework book, please do not go past lesson 12.
We read an African folktale today called Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock, by Eric Kimmell. The children enjoyed this folktale. Ask me to tell you about Anansi and the Moss Covered Rock.
Enjoy your evening!