That guy is supposed to be jumping up and down, but I still have not mastered the ability to paste animated gifs into this particular blog platform. Sometimes it works and sometimes……just imagine him jumping on his thread, because he (I) had an amazing week of rejuvenation and fun! And, I hope you all had some fun family time, too! Let’s get ready and set…GO…! …JUMP, please…jump…
Wrapping It Up
Right before the break, we focused our instruction on a unit based on Boom! Boom Boom! by Jamie A. Swenson. We had SO many activities to support this unit, since it encompassed a number of concepts (rain, storms, bedtime, fears, pets,) that we had a hard time deciding the most fun and relevant activities on which to concentrate our time/resources. One component I wanted to discuss with these guys was the pets in their lives. Pets are such an integral part of our families (if we have them,) and I didn’t get any feedback. This is still a relevant topic if you want to share pets type, names, and any pictures you can email of your kiddo(s) with said pet(s)!
We head into more seasonal topics, while continuing our weather “watch,” with two books about some very busy spiders. The first one, a familiar story to all (or is it?), Itsy Bitsy Spider by Nora Hib has many surprises hidden inside! Itsy Bitsy Spider is trying to climb the waterspout, despite the rain, but what’s Incy Wincy Spider doing? And what about Itchy Nitchy Spider? Are they climbing anything? As you guessed, this book brings lots of fun and a whole bunch of rhyming and sound play for us to focus on our phonemic awareness skills! The book has little die cut holes on each page, showing which of Itsy’s friends might be coming next, for some prediction and maybe some novel, silly words of our own!
Walter’s Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood introduces just one spider, poor Walter. Working ever so hard despite the wind this time, Walter’s webs are just too ‘wibbly-wobbly.” In the blustery Fall weather, he begins spinning very simple shapes, such as a triangle and a square. As he is determined and persistent, his shapes become increasingly more stable, until after much practice, he succeeds in spinning the most wonderful web! This story highlights all of the common shapes we are learning for a nice review, and uses much alliteration to again reinforce some phonics and the letter sound “w.” Additionally, both stories give way nicely to discussion about trying hard even when we want to give up! These spiders were “optimistic” and “determined,” and these two character traits don’t always come naturally. See my Point of Interest section below for more about this topic!
We will introduce and practice the letter “Ii” this week and “Ww” next week. We will transition into the color green (mine and Joseph’s favorite color!) and the triangle. We will continue the “Rain” unit for our “Move to Learn” (MTL) exercises this week, and move onto the “Spiders” unit next week.
Point of Interest
Optimism is a crucial element to experiencing lifelong success. Research proves that children who develop optimistic outlooks achieve 30%-50% higher test scores than those children who are more pessimistic. Also, children who have learning disabilities have a much greater chance of becoming depressed later in life, so teaching optimism from a young age is vital for our little guys. And, it can be taught! Instead of doing for your children what they can do for themselves, talk them through staying happy while they try. Praise them for continuing to “hang in there” even when things get difficult, but don’t give in and do it for them. This diminishes their attempts and sends the message that they are incapable and shouldn’t bother to try. This creates a “learned helplessness” that becomes very difficult to overcome as children get older. Model your determination in difficult situations. Come up with a self-talk chant like, “I think I can, I think I can,” when you run into problem while your child is nearby. You may be trying to open a jar lid or pull on a boot. Let your child know that not everything comes easily to you, and point out your determination and ultimate success!
Dates To Remember
- October 15-19, 2018 – Conference Week -progress reports go home- early release all week-Please email me if you desire to have a conference, so we can schedule a convenient time. If I don’t hear from you, I will assume you DO NOT wish to meet for a conference.
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