We had a very interesting day in school. It seemed that I spent most of the time running around helping kids with their individual 3 year old type needs and didn't spend enough time teaching. Nonetheless we had a great day talking about Animals in Winter. We talked about how the weather is changing and now it's cold outside. We talked about all the animals that live outside and not in our warm houses. What do they do during the winter? They either hibernate, migrate, or adapt! We had lots of fun playing with the animal toys and our blanket den, reading "The Mitten" and acting out the explosion out of the mitten, and drawing winter animals in our notebooks. We even added a little glitter snow!
This afternoon we had a lot of fun breaking into reading groups and working on our puzzles. At this moment I'm able to work with all kids in 2 groups making management and engagement much easier. The first group were rock stars right off the bat. They were working on blending an initial consonant and vowel a or i. We really focused on reading it the first time by blending the first sound into the second. Another way to phrase that is to "not stop the first sound until your mouth is making the second sound." It seemed to click. I'm trying to get them to jump from sounding them out separately to sounding them out as a chunk, which will help them in their future reading.
We combined art and math today since reading went so long. Today we decided we were a jewelry shop designing necklaces. Our customers wanted all different types of necklaces but they wanted them all to be in patterns. We played around with adding a third color so we could do ABCABC patterns and all the variations that come with that. They did as many patterned necklaces on their pages as they could before their parents arrived for them. I thought they did quite well and it was tons of fun!