We had a busy, fun day today! We started our day reviewing the unit in math we have been working in since the beginning of the year. We practiced putting number cards in order from greatest to least. We played a game with partners where the partner showed a card, and their partner used with math fingers to show one less. We also played a game with a die that had children working to recognize the die patterns to say how many without counting. The game also included spaces the kids moved to with bears arranged in an array to give the children practice recognizing how many without counting, or they had games with fingers to recognize the number without counting. As the children rolled the die, and moved around the board, they matched the space they landed on with the correct numeral on their gameboard. They had to get five in a row vertically, horizontally or diagonally to win. We talked about making smart choices when placing their counting to see which space would help them to win. They had a fun time working with a partner to play these games.
Today I needed to finish up more testing in reading. This testing is done one on one, so it takes time away from instruction, but it is necessary for planning future small group instruction.
We had a visit from Mrs. Kanter. She read a book called The Invisible Boy, by Trudy Ludwig. This is a book the whole school listened to today as part of Mental Health Awareness month. This is a great follow-up to the book we read last week called I Walk with Vanessa. The book is about being left-out, and how that feels. After listening to the story and talking about it, the children made hearts and drew a picture to show what makes them feel included. These hearts will be hung in our front hallway, along with hearts from the other students in our school.
Have a nice evening!