Today we read a very inspiring story about Ronald McNair. The book Ron's Big Mission, by Rose Blue and Corinne J. Maden is about an incident in Ronald McNair's life when he was just 9 years old. McNair lived in Lake City, South Carolina, where he was a well-liked child in the town. He loved to go to the library and read books, in fact the head librarian said he was their best customer. In those times, African Americans could only read the books in the library and not borrow them. Ronald McNair did something to change that, at least for himself. Ask me to tell you about what Ronald McNair did to get a library card. Ask me to tell you what a mission is and what it means when someone says they will not budge. This story reminded us of how important it is treat everyone fairly, and that is something that is learned early in life. Ask me to tell you what amazing thing Ronald McNair did later in his life.
In math, we talked about the attributes of plane shapes, and identified shapes that are not regular shapes and discussed why they are not a regular shape. We read a book again that we read yesterday called Snippets, A Story About Paper Shapes, written and illustrated by Diane Alber. This is a story about asymmetrical shapes who were discarded into a pile and not allowed to build or play with regular shapes because they were afraid they would destroy their houses that were built of a square and a rectangle. So the shapes were divided with the regular shapes playing together and building houses, and the other shapes left out. The author calls the of houses built with just a square and a triangle "mundane." Ask me to tell you what mundane means. One shape decides to leave the pile of discarded shapes and show the other shapes "the beauty of being unique." We practiced making regular shapes and unique shapes by cutting off corners. We discussed why those shapes were not rectangles, squares or triangles. Your child is bringing home a ziplock bag of shapes they cut along with a extra paper to cut to show you regular shapes and "snippets!"
We are working hard to pay attention to the talker. I am reminding the children to sit up, look at the talker, and show understanding not only by participating in the discussions or turn and talks, but by showing understanding in their facial expression. A smile, nod, any change in expression that shows they are understanding and not just passively listening.
Have a nice evening!