The students have enjoyed exploring all the different toys and materials in our classroom. The favorites have definitely been blocks, dolls, coloring, and the cash registers.
To learn about our school rules and Indian Trail, the students went on a scavenger hunt around the building. We collected different pieces as we went for our David masks. We had so much fun teaching David good choices and also reading the different "No David" books by David Shannon.
This week we focused on learning our names. We read Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and then the students made their names by ripping and tearing colored paper. We practiced counting how many letters are in our name and made a big graph. We discussed our observations which included the discovery of how many children had the same number of letters in their name, who had the least, and who had the most.
We read the story This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen and learned how to use our watercolor paints by creating our own beautiful fish. As an extension, the students picked their own special hats to put on their fish.
This activity provided an opportunity to follow step by step directions as the children created their own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree. In addition, this project enabled us to focus on learning each other’s names and getting to know one another. We also practiced spelling and counting the letters in our own name.
Our math lessons this week have revolved around counting our shoes! The students have been doing a lot of counting, comparing, and sorting and graphing.