Friday, September 28, 2012
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
SJ is very serious about her reading workshop and wants to be just like EK! In addition to word work and reading her little book, I have added an extension to her reading time. She creates a little book that mirrors her reading texts giving her a writing connection to the reading. Each day before reading she cuts a favorite food out of her magazine, glues it on the page, and writes the words. By the end of the week, the book will be completely done.
I believe it's very important for children to see how reading and writing are just mirrors of each other. Teaching children that anything spoken can be written and then read is truly powerful!
Today as we began Quiet Reading after lunch, EK was reading out loud right beside SJ. I remembered little 'whisper phones' I had in my teaching closet and got them out for each one. They are just PVC elbow pipes from hardware store in which they barely whisper and can hear themselves loud and clear. Made Quiet Reading the perfect reading time!
Monday, September 24, 2012
This week's row is The Big Green Pocketbook.
I had to change it up just a little to benefit WP so they each got a regular green gift bag.
We spent time today learning about story mapping and did just that with this book. They glued down the places to create a map and matched story pieces to it as well.
They will use this each day to follow along and retell the story. They are also looking for real objects from the story to go in their bags.
A really cute story!
Friday, September 21, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
We are rowing Blueberries for Sal this week and we love it! Today before we read it, I hid a carton of blueberries in our Mystery Box. After they finally guessed what was inside, we had a tasting party. The photo of the three of them show the face they made when they tried them although I already knew what they would do. EK ended up eating almost the whole carton. We also read a Non fiction book about blueberries and wrote 3 facts we learned. A bluelicious day~
Yesterday I found a $1 set of cars at Walmart and thought they would make a great manipulative for working on colors with WP. I made a little neighborhood with a street and he had to drive the 6 cars to their matching house. That was a cinch but when I asked him what color the blue one was he said orange. I asked him to show me the orange car and he knew it along with most others. We will continue working until he can name the colors but for now we are celebrating what he DOES know! Yay WP~
Definitely focusing on BLUE this week!
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Every day EK reads from some sort of reader on her level. She has really LOVED the Katie Woo books we found at the library. As she reads to me, I make notes of words she can work on for Word Work.
Also after she reads, I have her retell every single detail she can remember. Next she decides her favorite part or the main idea and writes at least one sentence about the story. She's a great role model for SJ!!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Make more games- Make Math Fun!
Today I put two dice in the carton (1-12 one and 1-6 one) and had EK shake to see what numbers appeared. She was able to choose addition or subtraction, record number sentence, and add answer.
When finished with at least 7 problems, I had her switch them to opposite sign so if it was addition, she had to write a subtraction problem. Because we had some problems in the teens, we practiced using the number line. A fun way to practice addition and subtraction.
And just because it's cute, posting a photo of the little fancies SJ is adding to her letters lately. :)
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
PS... Today is a special aunt's bd and birthdays just happens to be the main idea of this story SO
for Art we made extra special big birthday bear hug cards!!!
Happy birthday Aunt Susan... we'll be over later to sing!