We listened to a great story, told by a little dog named Plum, that had an important lesson to share. The book is called Love is My Favorite Thing, and it's written by Emma Chichester Clark. This story is about a little dog that is still learning self-control. He knows what he shouldn't do, but he has a hard time stopping himself. He is loved by his owners, and the neighbor children, so when he makes the wrong choice, he is very sad because he knows he has let them down. Ask me to tell you about some of the events in the book when Plum did not make a good choice. The story ends with Plum's owners telling her they will always love her, even when she makes mistakes. What a reassuring message for children to hear!
Today we wrote thinking bubbles to show what a character in the story School Rules was thinking. We are going to be doing more writing to build confidence. Even though I modeled exactly what to do and children told me what they were going to write, very few of them did the writing. They turned in their writing paper without writing on it. They had to go back and do it before they could go play this afternoon. We are going to work on putting down the sounds we hear and not worrying about the spelling. The only words they should spell are the Red Words we have learned so far. We are going to practice stretching out words and do daily practice writing a sentence or two.
In math, we continued working with numbers. The children today were using ten frames, to show numbers, learn about odd and even numbers, and to recognize five and some more to make larger numbers. We also played a fun counting game. The kids can count, but had a difficult time because they weren't looking at and listening to each other, and some were not speaking to be heard. We will play the game again tomorrow to try and beat our score. Quite simply, the game was just counting to ten. We sat around the edge of the carpet and each child said one number. The child who said ten had to stand and didn't count on anymore. I turned over our five minute sand timer, and we tried to get ten people standing by the time the sand ran out. We got eight, which was a great start for the first time. We will play again tomorrow to see if we can get more friends standing.
Today during Talk Time, we watched another short. This thrilling short is filled with action and a few moments that caused us to gasp! We practiced retelling with our partners. We thought abhout what got the story started, ;the action that happened in the middle of the story, and the surprise ending! Ask me to retell the story, then watch it again with me!
Have a nice eveining!