We had a busy day! Today we had a class meeting and discussed one of our "Get Along Goals," which is to work and play using an appropriate voice level. We read Decibella and Her Six Inch Voice, by Julia Cook. This is a great book that explains voice levels for different settings and activities. The story is about Isabella, who is called Decibella because she has one voice level, and it is loud! The story starts with different examples of times when Isabella's voice level was inappropriate. Her teacher talks to her and explains different voice levels. They practice the levels with the word "slurpadoodle." We practiced the different voice levels today and will keep track of our progress as we use a chart to remind ourselves of the different voice levels. Here's a little overview of the voice levels we learned about today.
In math, we practiced writing the numerals 0 - 5. We also worked with decomposing numbers, which meant we broke them into two parts. We also wrote a number sentence to go with the decomposition. For example, we broke 5 into 3 and 2, so we wrote 5=3+2. We found different ways to show numbers 4 and 5.
The children are doing really well following most directions and getting right to work. In math, there are a lot of little tasks they do, and to get through it, they have to get right to work. We move between the carpet and tables quickly. We have also been using a sand timer to remind us to work the whole time. Unfortunately, I watched a lot of soap operas as a kid, so I can't help but say "like sands in the hour glass, so are the days of our lives.' I was told today that when I say that is sounds creepy. So I guess I need new material and I'll just have to say that in my head!
Yesterday we got our 20th Bear Buck, which earned the class their second reward. We will have game day either tomorrow or Tuesday as a reward. The class voted and that is what they wanted this time. I'm so proud of how well they are doing in the cafeteria, lining up at recess, moving through the hall and in their specials.
Our Book a Day blog is behind, but I'll be catching it up later this evening or over the weekend. Have a nice evening!