Today was all about learning about choices. We talked about what we need to do to be healthy. We looked at the word self and saw what each letter in the word stands for when talking about staying healthy.
We looked at each word, but zoomed in on the tricky word, leisure. We learned that it is important each day to take time to do something that is fun for you. We talked about the choices we have and what is fun for us. We know it is not the same activity for everyone. It's important to remember you can make this choice, most of the time, but when you are younger, mom and dad may give you some of the choices you can make. We talked about, and made a list, of our favorite choices for leisure time inside, outside, and on vacation.
We also talked more about choices we can make with money. Today we shopped. Each child had ten pennies to spend at the Penny Store. Let me tell you, there were some incredible deals at the store! We talked about thinking about the choices we make. Each child could choose to spend it on something they needed, something they wanted, they could save some pennies, or give it to charity or buy something for a family member. We discussed how these choices were personal, and that each child was going to make their own choice. However, we did talk about saving some and giving some to charity as you get more money in your piggybank. Ask me to tell you how I spent my money.
We read a story later that takes place in Concord, Massachusetts, close to the setting for Make Way For Ducklings that we already read. The story is called Henry Hikes to Fitchburg, by D.B. Johnson. Two bears in the story are going to see the country around Fitchburg. This story was set 150 years ago, so the bears needed to decide whether they were going to walk or take the train. To take the train they needed money. One bear decided to take the train, so he did jobs to earn the 90 cents for the train trip. The other bear, Henry, walked. Ask me to tell you what happened and who got to Fitchburg first.
We discussed the choices the bears made and why. The story is really about Henry Thoreau and how he would walk up to 30 miles a day, and always had a book to press flowers in and items to examine nature. Ask me to tell you how I would get to Fitchburg, and why.
In math, we worked on addition and subtraction facts through 5. These are the facts the children need to know fluently by the end of kindergarten.
We welcomed Mrs. Park back in Art today from her maternity leave. I hope you enjoy their art portfolios they are bringing home today.
Have a nice evening!