I could not wait for Tuesday morning to get to show the children the eagles nest at the National Arboretum. Mr. President and Lotus have two eggs, the first being laid on Friday, February 18. We studied pictures of eagles to get an idea of what these majestic birds look like and what they can do. The eaglets should hatch toward the end of March, but already the kids are asking, "Did the eggs crack?" We will take a peek at the eagles and eggs in the morning and as we pack up, and other times when something is going on I would like the children to see. We also watched part of this video that shows the second egg being laid about 2:30 into the video below. The children have so many questions and are so interested!
We had a virtual Town Meeting with Mrs. Kemp on Tuesday morning. She talked to them about teamwork and showed them a Pixar short that we had already seen and talked about, but she also showed another short video that showed teamwork. There are a trio of these little videos that were originally bus ads I believe. I'm going to share them because the children wanted you to see them. They really do illustrate good teamwork. Ask me to tell you about what the crabs, ants and penguins did that showed they worked as a team to survive.
We worked with the short e sound, which is typically the most difficult vowel for the children to hear, reproduce and use in their reading and writing. We are working on writing the letter e and making the sound when we tap out CVC words with e in them.
We read about Lebron James on Tuesday. We learned about his life in Akron when he was a child and struggling. Ask your child about Lebron and they will tell you he shares. We talked about the school Lebron started and why he felt it was so important. We listened to him introduce the book he wrote, I Promise, and listened to the illustrator Nina Mata read the book. Ask me to tell you about Lebron James.
In math we are continuing to work with number bonds. We are going to take some time to work more with manipulatives to straighten out some problems the children are having with number bonds. We need a little more hands-on before we go to the abstract circles, as well as more time to really investigate the number relationships.
In Social Studies on Tuesday, the children got to listen to Mrs. Consroe read Someone Builds the Dream, by Lisa Wheeler when I left early for a doctor's appointment. This book is about how important laborers are in building dreams. The book begins with an architect designing a space and then shows the laborers working with the plans to build the house. It's really about teamwork, just like we talked about in the morning. This is a beautifully illustrated book by Loren Long.
Have a nice evening!