We had a busy day and got so much accomplished! We worked with the concept of zero in math. We were able to get through this quickly since the children had a good understanding of it! We practiced making zeros, and practiced our Math Fingers to six.
In reading, we worked with syllables. I showed photographs of the kids, and they said the name, then clapped to determine the number of syllables in each name. Ask me to tell you some of my friends' names and how many syllables they have in their name.
We also practiced writing a simple sentence. We have been noticing and counting the number of words in titles and sentences, as well as the number of spaces. We have also noticed the upper case letter at the beginning of sentences, and punctuation at the end of sentences. We wrote simple I like sentences today about the weather.
We continued talking about names and read My Name is Elizabeth, by Annika Dunklee. This is a story about a little girl who wants to be called Elizabeth, but other people keep calling her nicknames of Elizabeth. She finally screams her name, loud and proud, and somehow all those who had been calling her other names hear it! We talked about the importance of names and that people are called the name they want to be called. Then we had a few people try and name all the kids in our class. I was able to give out six certificates for kids who did it. We did not have time for every one to try, but will do more each day.
We learned about making predictions in reading. We analyzed the book cover of a book just like we do with our Picture Talks. We looked at the parts of the picture and made a prediction based on what we saw and what we thought was the most important part of the picture. We read Woodpecker Wants a Waffle, by Steve Breen. Ask me to tell you how the woodpecker tried to a get a waffle!
We had a fire drill today. The kids did a great job getting outside quickly and fairly quietly, and stood facing away from the school. I'm really proud of how quickly and calmly they move!
Have a nice evening!