Things are really falling into place in our classroom! The children are comfortable with our routines and are working hard to follow direction when they are given. Often kindergarten children at the beginning of the year are "on their own time" and are quite leisurely in their response time. With our new curriculum, it's important they move quickly from activity to activity. The brain research that is used in the curriculum is created for short lessons with a lot of partner talk. We used a sand timer today to remind ourselves to work quickly on a math worksheet. I don't emphasize coloring dark and slowly, but a quick color so we can work on the math concepts more than the coloring. We are also working on using a limited number of colors so they aren't spending time looking through their crayons, but again, focused on the math content. The other thing that we are working on is our smooth transitions so that when they return to their seats to work, they get right to work instead of directing others or chatting, and just being leisurely. I'm so proud of how far they have come with these transitions.
In math, we are working on counting in different arrangements. We have put counters in vertical and horizontal lines, and in circles. We are learning to keep track of our counting.
In reading today we re-read a favorite book and talked about a favorite part with a friend. We chose a book from our Book a Day challenge that was the class favorite the first ten days. We used a sentence stem to help students use a complete sentence as they talked. Ask me to tell you about The Good Egg, by Jory John, and why I like this book.
We voted today for our favorite Book a Day book. Here's our results! Ask me to tell you about our data. For more information about Book a Day, check out the Book a Day tab.
Have a nice evening!