We met with Mrs. Kanter yesterday and talked about recess behavior and how to join in to play with others. The children did a great job discussing how to include others or to nicely say you will play another day with them.
We learned a new game in working with words. We played Mind Reader, which is a deductive reasoning game. I think of a word and the children write down a word wall word they think it is. I give a clue at a time, and we get rid of words it can't be, leaving fewer words. Students can change their word and choose a new word.
We have continued to work on building a list of words we know how to read and write "just like that." These words we overlearn so the children do not need to sound them out when they encounter them in reading or want to use them in writing. Today they took a spelling check-up, and their tricky words will be kept in the classroom where they can practice them during literacy stations. I'll send home a copy of their tricky words so they can practice at home as well. For students who already know how to spell all the word wall words in kindergarten I will be sending them some challenge words which they will practice at school as well.
In math, we learned about tallymarks. We read a story called Tally O'Malley which told the story of a family taking a trip. The kids played a tally game in the car. Ask me to tell you what the prize was for wining the tally game! We will be using tallies more to collect data and to represent numbers in different ways.
We started writing notes this week in Writing Workshop. Notes are fun to write because they are short and fun! We wrote reminder notes to ourselves first using sticky notes. The children will be writing other kinds of notes this week.
Have a nice evening!