We had a busy day! We started our day by looking at these six pictures and thinking about what was the same and different in them, and then how they all go together. Ask me to tell you about these pictures!
We began talking about leaders today in Social Studies. We started with the father of our country. Ask me to tell you who is often called the father of our country.
Last week the kids were drawing and labeling a picture. They had some difficulty with drawing the picture so we could tell what was happening in it, and very few of them labeled. Today I took a lot of time drawing and thinking aloud so the children had a better idea of how to draw their picture. Their job was to draw a picture on the back of their poem that showed their favorite kind of weather. I reminded them that they needed to put clues in their picture so whoever looked at it could tell what kind of weather they liked best. I also took time to introduce "stretchy snake." We will only be using stretchy snake for a short time until children become more comfortable saying words slowly so they can hear all the sounds in the word. We also worked on tapping the sounds to be sure we got the sounds we heard onto our paper. The children know their stretchy snake is a tool, not a toy, and if they are playing with it, I will take it away and go fishing. They didn't believe the part about fishing with the stretchy snake. I guess I can't pull that off. Smart cookies these little ones are! Below are a few pictures of the kids working. I started too late to get pictures of them stretching out the words with the snakes, but I did notice improvement in their work. I'll send the song with the picture on the back tomorrow!
We also worked with identifying rhyming words. We read Clark the Shark, by Bruce Hale. Clark decides one way he can remind himself of proper behavior is to make a rhyme about what he should do. We listened to the rhyme and picked out the two words that rhymed.
We also talked about what Clark was having trouble with in school. One of the problems Clark had was getting too excited when he was playing then playing too rough. We talked about how this sometimes happens and what we can do to be sure we are not getting carried away in our play and other times when we are having a good time. We talked about checking to see how fast our "motor" is running. If we feel ourselves get too excited, we have to put the brakes on and settle down. This is something we will refer to often in our discussions about behavior.
We FINALLY finished our Aztec suns. We painted paper to do this project. I did the cutting for this project, but the children made designs on their suns like they saw in some Aztec suns we looked at in class, and in my example. They chose shapes and colors for the face, glued them on, then added designs and colors with oil pastels. I think they had a great time! We used a lot of straight lines, zig zag lines and dots to make our designs. Enjoy the photos below! We will have these suns hanging in our room with our Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month bulletin board.
Have a nice evening!