With a mini break on Tuesday due to the quantity of snow we had lots of work to catch up on today. The kids were AMAZING and worked so hard the whole time they were here. We did our standard reading review and lesson before heading upstairs to paint turkeys and write about them. Each child could choose if they wanted to write about the turkey or about things they are thankful for. I was impressed with the quality and quantity of writing today. They were all diligently sounding out words! It was so exciting!
Thursday, November 12, 2015
We are working on our inquiry block titled "Where we are in place and time". We spend much of our day singing the days of the week and trying to figure out what day would come next after a given day. Today we started days of the week books. We wrote the names of each day by stretching the sounds and writing the sounds down one by one.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
I was so excited that the Moffatt Girls just came out with a new digraphs bundle of workpages. What I had been using were ok but not great. Today we were able to really focus on the /sh/ digraph with the whole class. We also worked through the rest of the digraphs and some of the Ready2Read program. We had fun writing and illustrating in our journals and the kids were super sad that we didn't have enough time to let everyone share. I'll need to set the timing better on Thursday so we can for sure share with each other.
Thursday, November 5, 2015
We had so much fun today talking about where we are in place and time. With preschoolers it's a continual conversation to help them understand how each day is different and how they are represented on the calendar. He acted out a whole week of waking up on a day, eating, playing, eating, playing, eating, brushing teeth, going to sleep, and waking up the next day. While they were "sleeping" they were asked to figure out what day would be next when they "woke" up by singing our days of the week song. They picked it up really quickly. Encourage this conversation at home by telling them what day it is and asking them what day will be tomorrow. The words "yesterday, today, tomorrow" are still not a concrete idea but the pattern of the weekdays should be well learned by now (at least in my classroom as we sing the days of the week all the time). The kids were even singing it without prompting as they were working on their Very Hungry Caterpillar book today.
We spent a good deal of time talking about how things don't stay the same. As we grow and learn time is passing and things are changing. We talked about if we remembered when a sibling was a tiny baby and are they still the same tiny baby or have they grown? We worked through a very real broken arm scenario with one of our gals by discussing how in the summer her arm wasn't broken and she could do whatever she liked, now her arm is broken and she has some limitations, but in a couple of months her arm won't be broken any more and she can go back to ice skating and other things she loves doing.
We've continued our lessons on digraphs (sh, ch, th, wh) and blends (bl, cr, etc). We're seeing harder words (CCVC* rather than CVC**) in our reading books that indicate a blend at the beginning of the word. We're also seeing more digraphs as we're ready to dive into more complex reading. Our practice in 2D vs. 3D shapes is proving that these kids have quite nearly mastered this concept already. I scheduled the whole month of November to work on them. Maybe we'll start counting faces and vertices, something I've never done with preschoolers before, but they're ready for more than just names.
*CCVC = consonant, consonant, vowel, consonant
**CVC = consonant, vowel, consonant
Tuesday, November 3, 2015
I still am not sure why the song "I Like to Move It, Move It" broke out among all 8 kids today but it became the theme music to our day. We got right down to business this afternoon as kids walked in and immediately started working on their reading books. They are doing so fantastic. I'm using the series "Now I'm Reading" with them. It's working great to have a whole set for each child. They can practice and work on the books at their own pace. They are a fantastic next step to reading BEFORE tackling any harder phonics. The simple CVC words are tricky and this series is great practice. We then wrote about our weekends, most about what they did for Halloween, and then shared with the whole class.