Today we worked with retelling a story. We thought about key events from a story we had read in benchmark. We thought about the beginning of the story, how it all began or was there a problem. Then we thought about the events in the middle of the story, where most of the story happens. The ending of the story is how the problem is solved or how it all worked out. Ask me to tell you what an event is.
We reread a beautiful story about a goat today. Grumpy Goat, by Brett Helquist. This story is about a goat who has never had a friend. He comes to a happy farm, but because he is so mean and grumpy, the farm is no longer happy. This book touches on mindfulness. It tells the reader the goat kept his head down and never noticed the world around him until one day he sees a dandelion on top of the hill. He takes care of the dandelion and finally feels some joy. The other animals begin to help out. But dandelions don't live forever. Ask me to tell you what happens. The expressions on the goat's face throughout this book as so good. The children can tell how this character is feeling and how those feelings change throughout the book. This story is also about grieving, and how just being near someone, or bringing them food even if they are not eating, is a kind gesture that shows you care. We drew an event from the story and labeled at least four things in our pictures. We are working hard to stretch out the sounds in the words with our stretchy snake, then tap out the sounds as we are writing. I will be hanging these out in the hallway to show them off!
We read a fun poem today that had the m sound in it. We used a highlighter to find words that had m's in them. We practiced being organized in looking for the words in the poem. We started at the top and went from left to right, and top to bottom. This is a counting strategy we are also using in math. We worked with counting groups of objects today. We are working on counting accurately, being sure to say just one number for each point, and having a counting path to follow. We counted items in a grid, columns, scattered and circle. We also practiced writing some teen numbers, and writing the tricky number 8!
Yesterday we didn't have quite enough time for a quick segment from How It's Made so I shared with the kids my favorite Muppets snippet. This will guarantee belly laughs. Enjoy!
Just a reminder...
Tomorrow is Mismatch Day! Your child can wear a mismatched outfit, from head to toe, if you like! I can't wait to see what they come up with!
Have a nice evening!