Eat the Rainbow Party!

What a fun, colorful, delicious day we had! Thanks to everyone who sent in party items!

We had a yummy spread of colorful fruits and vegetables. The kids served themselves and chose foods to try. We discovered new favorites and found a few things we did not care for. The kids loved tasting and kept lining up for more!

We also played “Layla take my picture” while doing silly things with our food.

We drew a variety of fruits and veggies of different colors and displayed them in our room to remind us of all the yummy choices we have to eat.

We also used rainbow colors to make paper chain accessories! It was great to see how far the kids have come with both their focus skills and their fine motor skills. This is a hard craft that most of the kids would have struggled with at the beginning of the year. We are expert cutters, gluers, and problem solvers!

Learning Lately

Reading- Our reading groups have focused on a lot of different skills to help each child move forward in the process of reading. Some groups are working on sight words, identifying visually similar letters, vowel sounds, and tapping and blending words. Some groups are working on using picture clues, checking the beginning sounds, checking what makes sense, or breaking a longer word into chunks. Some groups are working on endings like ed, ing, er, s and es. Some groups are working on predicting, retelling, making connections or reading with fluency. There are so many parts to the reading process! The kids are learning so much!

Writing- We wrapped up our nonfiction unit this week by writing our very best nonfiction piece with no help at all! Wow! we also applied what we learned about nonfiction to make place mats for the residents at Columbia Manor as part of our service learning project. After spring break we will begin opinion writing.

Math- We continued working on names and attributes of 3D shapes. We played many addition and subtraction games with number lines and dominoes. This helps the kids visualize the operations in different ways. A big part of these games also has the kids using the correct symbols for addition and subtraction and writing number models.

Science/Social studies- Our Mystery Science video was about how earthquakes happen! We celebrated the beginning of spring and are excited to observe the changes that will be happening in nature soon. We continued learning about nutrition with our each the rainbow party.

Happy Spring!

Here is a little sunshine on this dreary first day of spring!

We did a few things to celebrate the day including delivering flowers to teachers around the school and wishing them a happy spring! We had to do some problem solving to figure out how many flowers we had because I bought 3 packages of 12. The kids used some awesome strategies to figure out how many flowers we had. We made a list of teachers, principals, secretaries, lunch ladies, and custodians around the school and the kids each gave someone a flower.

Games to Play with Your Kids

I found this great blog post about games you can play with your kids while lying down. I probably can’t find some educational reason to try these at school but there are some gems for you to try with your kids at home! Hehehe! Enjoy!
Games to Play with Your Kids (while lying down!)

Learning Lately

Reading- We got back into our nonfiction reading this week. We practiced reading to learn new facts and information. We shared facts we learned as we read each page and recorded them on a chart. We continue to work on letter sounds especially vowels and letters the kids easily get mixed up like p,b,d and q. We practiced tapping words with digraphs like th, sh, ch, wh, and ck.

Writing- We worked hard to tell 3 facts about our topic this week. We continue to work on neatness, spelling, word spaces, capitalization and punctuation. We also learned how to add a sound lead at the beginning of our writing, and an ending after our facts.

Math- We had a busy week in math playing lots of games like Hiding Bears and Growing and Disappearing Train to practice addition and subtraction. We are working on building a deep understanding of the processes of adding and subtracting so the kids really understand what these terms mean as opposed to following a procedure to find an answer.

Science/Social studies- Our Mystery Science video was about how magicians trick people! Our cool tool was about the upcoming Timber wolf Talent Show. We learned a lot about nutrition this week as well. We had a concert from the Mother Singers and guest readers from the Mizzou Soccer team!

Learning Lately- Last week (oops!)

I guess I forgot to hit publish last week?!

Reading: We interrupted our nonfiction unit to read Kevin Henkes books for reading week! We enjoyed lots of funny stories! We continued our work with letter sounds, especially long and short vowel sounds. The kids are getting good at using the sounds they know to read and spell words! We continue to work on memorizing sight words as well!

Writing: We worked together to write about plastic. We worked on choosing a nonfiction topic, writing a heading, drawing a realistic picture and labeling. We are working on forming sentences that tell 3 facts about our topic.

Math: We focused on subtraction this week and used number stories to understand the meanings of the minus symbol. We played math games to practice

Science/Social Studies: We began our Living and Nonliving unit by learning about what animals need to live. We enjoyed a Mystery Science video about Pluto.