Friday, August 26, 2011

A Great Second Week

We have been in school 12 days, and oh how great they have been.  The chikdren are beginning to get to know each other and develop friendships.  It is so fun to watch how they socialize with each other and how the different personalities play  out.

Writing in journals is a quiet time in our class.  To help stay on task, and do good writing, the children work in their offices.  The officies not only provide a quiet place to work, but they also provide the children with many good writing tools.

The children enjoyed the large floor puzzles about pets.  It is always fun to watch their recation to completeing a large puzzle.  They want eveyone to "come and see".  Success is so much fun!

Oh, and did you notice our new rug?  It was delivered this week and we are soooooo glad to have it. 

And who doesn't like the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambalt, with adorable illustrations by Lois Elhert.

There are so many lessons in this book.  A lot of people think of this book as an "alphabet book", which it is.  But oh, it is so much more.  There are science lessons involving living and  non living things, weight, climate, and the effects of a full moon.  There are great character and life lessons involving taking care of others and showing love and respect.  And there are math lessons about shapes, sizes, and counting, among a few.    We made our own trees after reading the book.  Take a look at what we did.

To help the children with their writing, I wrote their names in pencil and asked them to trace over the pencil lines with their choice of markers.  But I asked them to write the numbers by themselves. It was such a fun activity.  

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