Today was a busy day! We have math testing for Unit 1 to complete. This testing is all one on one, so it is time consuming. But, the children are doing so well, and I was able to get about half of it done today!
I shared a practically wordless picture book today called Nope, by Drew Sheneman. This book is about a reluctant baby bird's first flight. He imagines all kinds of scary animals on the forest floor as he looks down from his nest. His mother is anxious for him to fly, and is even shown giving him a little nudge with her wing. We talked about the thought bubbles and the emotions both the mother and baby bird were showing. Ask me to tell you about this book!
I shared this book with the students to talk about negative self-talk. Sometimes negative thoughts slip into our thinking, and we start to think we will never be able to learn new things. We talked about what that would sound like, and what we could think instead. We also talked about how it's okay if we can't do something yet. Not yet means we just need to keep working. Here's the chart I shared with the children.
We talked about a time we were learning to do something new that was hard. The children drew pictures and using a thought bubble to write a positive thought.
In reading, we compared the mouse from The Little Helper and Goldilocks from Goldilocks and the Three Bears. We made a chart to show how the characters were different and how they were the same.
Since the weather has gotten so cold, we have had to talk about wearing coats. I have some kids who hide them in their backpack, even after I tell them to be sure they have their coat on. Some kids don't want to zip their coat, or want to take it off outside. I'm insisting they keep their coats on when it's very cold, but I am not outside to monitor. Today I showed them how to put their mittens/gloves in their hat, then squishing their hat into the sleeve of their coat so they are not lost on the way to the lunchroom. I am also having them sit on their coats so they aren't wearing them and dropping food on their coats. Please help your child practice getting their coat on and zipped independently if that is still a struggle for your child. The room stays pretty warm, but as it is colder, you may want to send your child a sweater or sweatshirt to put on if they get cold during the day.
Have a nice evening!