We have enjoyed this normal day! Normal start time, normal lunch time, indoor recess but that seems to be the new normal, normal schedule, normal dismissal!
Today we read The Lonely Mailman, by Susana Isern which is a beautiful story about friendship. The lonely mailman delivers mail to the animals of the forest. But the letters he delivers were all written by him! He signs the names of other forest animals and sends these letters of friendship, apologies and invitations to other animals. But the lonely mailman has never had any letters of his own. Ask me to tell you what happens and how it changes the mailman's lonely life.
We worked more with short e. I was so impressed at how quickly the children picked out the words in our poem that had short e in them. We began to make our own short e words, then practiced some of our trickiest word wall words. We are working to write the word wall words fluently so they don't slow us down as we write and read them. We know that writers are thinking of many things as they write, so to have those common words easily written will help as we write words we haven't learned to spell or need to stretch out to write.
In math we worked more with solid shapes. We studied solid shapes to determine how many faces, edges and verticies they had, then we made our own solid shapes out of Play-Doh. Your child is bringing a small container of Play-Doh home today. I told them to give it to you so you can decide where they can use it. It's a little sticky! Ask me to show you how I can make a sphere, cone, cylinder, rectangular prism and cube out of the Play-Doh.
Here's to more normal days!