We have been using the words "peacemaker" and "peacebreaker" to help us understand appropriate team/classroom behavior in our room. We read some fun books: No David Goes to School and Mustache Baby to help us brainstorm both types of people. We are going to focus on peacemakers in here. Looking for people who are kind, help others in times of need (even if they "didn't do it"), listen, follow directions etc.
We brainstormed some peacemaker characteristics:
-uses kind words
-helps pick up crayons/colored pencils someone dropped
-if you see someone sad/needs help you help them.
-raises their hand
-listens to others, including the teacher (;) had to sneak that one in there!)
We also chant these rules everyday with the help of our line leader to help us remember our rules:
1. Listen when the teacher is talking.
2. Raise your hand to speak.
3. Follow directions quickly.
4. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.
5. Respect yourself, respect others and respect your school.
This might be some fun language and information to start some home discussions too! Some reinforcement to here and/or some behaviors to reinforce at home! :)
We started off today with some "reading". At this point they are looking at picture books, pretending to read chapter books and digging into some nonfiction books. Which is GREAT!! Even if they are not reading, it's a good thing if they have a book in their hand and are mimicking what reading is! They'll get there eventually!
We checked up on Katherine. She pinged in twice yesterday. And we did our Image of the Week. They chose to ask an "I Wonder" question, give an "I Observe" or an "I like" about our photo. They were very curious and had some great questions and observations!!!
I did a fun "morning math" where they had M&M's and Skittles and we did some counting, sorting and an addition/subtraction sentence using our colors. They had a blast, although sugar in the morning was probably not one of my best and brightest ideas! ha ha!
In math, we are working on routine so we completed calendar (which they are getting the hang of so it doesn't take quite so long!) and then moved onto our colored work mats; making 8. They had time to play games (Roll & Tally and Speed). I have only introduced those two but will introduce "CAPS" next week (which is an easy game you can make at home-I'll send that out next week)! Then with all the internet forms signed, we can also add computers to our games rotation!
They were really into dinosaurs today, so we spent some time looking at the different times different dinosaurs lived. They learned about herbivores, omnivores and carnivores. Quiz them and see if they remember!!
A four day week won't stop us from jumping in! We started math this week. You may have noticed the colored work mats going home. They have also started calendar (picture above so you can see the expectation). They are not completing this individually yet.
For right now, we are doing most workshop models (writing, reading and math) whole group to practice routines and expectations. By October, I'm hoping we are ready to move into a workshop model. We are also doing word study whole group as well for the same reasons. I will be using their Developmental Spelling Inventory to help decide what area to focus their word patterns/word study on. More details to come on that at a later date!
We are going to check in on Katherine tomorrow on Ocearch.org (you can check it out too if you wish at home!) Maybe pick a shark to follow at home! We will also do our Image of the Week!