We worked hard today! We practiced writing the letter g. This is a tricky letter, and we worked hard to be sure we pulled back when making our circle, being sure to keep it in the downstairs. We also made sure the monkey tail went into the basement.
We worked on identifying action verbs. Of course this meant another School House Rock. It's from my childhood, and I promise it will be the last!
In mathematics, we are working with 7. We have some reversals of 5's and 7's. We will keep practicing, but I think it may be in part due to the dot that Eureka has them start on for the 5. We also are working with counting scattered groups and groups in a circle. The children need to have a path they use to count so they count accurately. Going from top to bottom, left to right in some groups works, in circles starting just past where the 12 would be on a clock, at the 1, is a good way to count in a circle. We will continue to work on this because accuracy is important!
We took a lot of time today to discuss a couple issues that occured on the playground today. A child was told she couldn't play with another child and her. The child felt left out and sat by herself for a little while. She wanted a little time to herself because it was loud and she needed a break, but then she wanted to play. A couple kids from the class came over and asked if she wanted to play, which just warmed my heart to hear! I encouraged all the kids to play with different kids, not always the same ones they knew from their preschool or neighborhood. You never know who might end up being a best friend for life! We had another problem where one child was wanting to hug another child. We talked about how it is not okay to put your hands on someone else, even for a hug. Not everyone wants that, and right now it's just better to have some distance. We also had some kicking and punching. This happened because of the hugging. We talked briefly about DeBug, but also getting adult help if you are having trouble solving your problem on your own. These are really important things kindergarteners have to learn. They just need to learn what is appropriate at school. They also need to learn how to solve problems peacefully so we will talk more about DeBug tomorrow! It was a long discussion, but a good one, and I think the kids understand but will need more practice. I'll send home more information about DeBug and Mrs. Kanter will also be doing a lesson about it soon.
Read to Me, Talk to Me came home today. The kids are really excited! Our usual return day will be Thursday with books being sent home again on Friday. This week, since we didn't get them passed out on Friday, you may keep them an extra week if you don't get to the book and project and would like more time. I hope you enjoy it! I will be sending home a letter later this evening about Read to Me, Talk to Me.
Have a nice evening!