Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our first full week !

Tomorrow will be the completion of our first full week of school. This week we really focused in on routines and rules and worked on using the chime. The chime is the signal the students will use all year when it is time to clean up or move on to new activities and learning. They also have been working on going over how to sit on their rug spots, how to walk in the hall, have gone to specials, and have even had time to explore materials through guided discovery. We have also been talking about what a friend is and how to use our words to solve problems. That will something we really focus on in September so that way the students will be able to be problem solvers throughout the year, and so that we have a nice calm learning environment.

In reading students have been working on how to handle books  and what reading workshop is. Today they worked on how to sit back to back in their reading seats and worked on putting books away correctly as well as taking one book at a time.
A and I.Z. work on reading back to back

J. H looks at his book 

H practices reading in a whisper voice

In writing workshop this week students have been working on using a circle map as well as what writing workshop is. Students created hearts to draw pictures of what they want to write stories about. Tomorrow they will get their special folders where they will decorate them and put their writing in daily! They explored with crayons today which is one writing material they will use in their writing this year.

In word study students are working on making sure they are able to identify capitals and lower case letters. They are also working on writing their names. Today we created a My name is _______ book. 
N and I.S work on their names

W works on his page

L works on her page.
In math students have been working on using and exploring tools that they will use this year in math for counting and solving problems. They have used bears, connecting cubes, pattern blocks, and dominoes. Tomorrow they will have choice time to use any of these. 

J, K, W, and H use dominoes

J, N, J, B, and I use bears to explore.

Students had play time at the end of the day today and were able to use play dough as a center. Centers will be choice time but we are introducing one center at a time.
T, W, and L create different things

B, R, J, and N use the play dough

N makes a snowman
Tomorrow they will have the opportunity to use this again as well as work on routines and other activities.

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