We started our day with a story about getting along. We read the story Friendship Is Like a Seesaw, by Shona Innes. This book uses a seesaw as a way to show children that everyone in a relationship has a part to play. When the seesaw is balanced, both friends are happy. But sometimes in relationships, one friend might be happy when another is feeling sad, or sometimes friends say hurtful things and the seesaw is not balanced. There are all kinds of things that can make that seesaw feel unbalanced, but both friends can do something to make it balance again. We also talked about how sometimes friends just need a break from one another, but that doesn't mean that aren't friends or won't be as close as they were once.
During Writing Workshop, we talked about Five Star Writing. These are the things our writers should be attempting in their writing.
These are still skills the students are learning and have support in their writing. Correcting everything they write is overwhelming to them, so we look at what the students are doing well as writers, and build on that. Our writers are at different places in their development as a writer, so each writer is working on different goals. I will be meeting with each student to determine a writing goal they will be working on for the next few weeks. These are some of the mechanics of writing that may be a goal. Some children may be working on adding more details to their writing.
Mondays are a day when we don't have specials, so I did as much testing as I could to get some of the smaller sub-tests done. The students did a great job of working quietly in Writing Workshop, during independent reading, and when practicing recognizing numbers made with tally marks, so we are off to a great start in testing. Thank-you to everyone who let me know of days and times their child would be absent from school, as well as late or picked up early. That really helps me get a good schedule I can use to get through this as quickly as possible!
Have a nice evening!