I wanted to update you earlier, but in light of the unthinkable tragedy in Texas, I just needed some time to process. I'm sending a link with information on talking with your child about school violence. We will not talk about what happened in class unless it comes up, and if it does I will just acknowledge what happened and talk about feelings, and who can help them at school if they need to talk to about their strong feelings. As much as I can, I will do that privately so the children who may not know about the shooting will not hear about it at school. Here is a link with some guidance about talking with your child about school violence. I know you may know most of what is shared here, but it's good to just read through it again and hopefully you'll find a nugget of information you hadn't thought about before.
We got through our MAP RF testing yesterday as well as our MAP P testing today. Anyone who was absent either day will have to make it up tomorrow or Thursday. We started a special writing project about a favorite toy. Today we brainstormed some of our favorite toys, then decided on one that we will write about. We visited Iowa today and read a book called Ten Beautiful Things, by Molly Beth Griffin. This book is about a little girl who is travelling with her grandmother to her home in Iowa. The little girl is going to live with her grandmother, so she is somewhat somber. Her grandmother suggests they watch for ten beautiful things on their trip. After we listened to the story we worked together to construct the list again from memory. I caught up the Read the USA classroom, so this book is on there. Ask me to tell you some, or all, of the ten beautiful things identified on the trip.
We started our day with some music, instead of a picture, for our talk time. We talked about places we would like to visit and/or live. The children loved the music and talking about this, as did I, so I'm sharing the music with you. Ask me about where I would like to live or visit. Be prepared for belly laughs when the children see Ernie's feet and legs. Enjoy.