Our week so far...

We have been having a wonderful week filled with reading excitement as we celebrate Read Across America! I have seen so many creative and fun outfits and our class is very excited about it. We have read many Dr. Seuss books in honor of Dr. Seuss' upcoming birthday and are really good observers who are making many text to text connections. 

Some of the things we have noticed about Dr. Seuss: 
He used lots of rhyming words
He also made up pretend words 
He told funny stories sometimes
He must have liked to draw
We like his books!

During literacy, we continue to have guided reading groups and centers. We are practicing a variety of skills such as reading and writing consonant, vowel, consonant (CVC) words such as pig. We also noticed that we are getting so good at reading real words that we can even read some nonsense words such as pim and lut! One of the reasons we are practicing make believe words is to help us solidify our letters sounds and to see if children are able to blend sounds together to form real words. If we did this using real words (which we do all the time) only it would be hard to determine if a child is recognizing the word by sight or really isolating the sounds. This will help us as we read and write more challenging words.

In math, we continue to practice identifying teen numbers and looking for patterns in higher numbers. We are also practicing identifying and describing 2D and 3D shapes, counting numbers accurately, composing and decomposing numbers (see prior blog post), ordering numbers and writing numbers! 

Here we are writing numbers in shaving cream, salt, water beads and making wikistick number rubbings:

During Writer's Workshop, we have begun a new type of writing called how-to writing. We did our research by looking at many how-to books about lots of different topics (ex: how to-skate, play golf, build things with duct tape, make spring crafts, play soccer, do gymnastics, grow a garden, cook) to see what they have in common. We noticed that many times they have steps in them and are about topics the author knows about. How-to books are made to help teach people and we have so many experts on different topics in our classroom. Even though we are just beginning this type of writing, I am already learning a lot from the experts in our room!

We have been learning about bears and hibernation and even watched a webcam feed of a real black bear and her cub while they were in their den hibernating! We also talked about migration. Did you know that birds aren't the only creatures that migrate? Children continue to enjoy quiet reading time in our very own classroom bear den!  

During quiet time, we continue to practice relaxing our body and mind, belly breathing and have even done some guided imagery. We discuss and practice why it is important to take time for ourselves to be calm and refreshed.

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