Wednesday, October 19, 2011

October 19, 2011

Today was Drew's day. He brought one of my favorite children's books of all time, Shel Silverstein's The Giving Tree. I saved it to read at the end of the day after music with Andrew.

Here is Drew with his book:

Our day began with some Rolling and Reading, an original game invented right here.

We reviewed yesterday's message, "Itsy Bitsy Spider" noting that the first two words not only rhyme, but also look almost the same, too. The last four letters of each word match up letter for letter.

Today's message had far fewer letters in it. But I had accidentally (on purpose) scrambled the letters so it took some trial and error to figure out what the message was. This scrambling helps children understand that the order letters appear in words matters a lot. Unless this is pointed out, they might assume order isn't important. Remember, in a child's world order does not always matter. A "Happy Meal" of a burger, fries, and drink is a "Happy Meal" regardless of what course is consumed first. (I'll not discuss here how misleading that name, "Happy Meal" is for "food" that is so unhealthy in so many ways.)

Back to the morning chart, it looked like this when all the cards were turned over:

We quickly figured out that OOSH must be SHOO and not long after that LFY became FLY and we were singing the song. I wonder, how does a morning star feel?

Several students have been working on learning the names of all their classmates. Rocco is very close; he has just a few left to learn. Caleb, his mom tells me—he was absent today—has got them memorized.

Kade knows everyone's names for sure. He showed the class that it is possible to do it. Here he is with the microphone in hand finishing up his tour de force.

For this achievement he gets a heart to show that he cares enough about everyone in class to know their names.

That heart goes on display in the room for all to see.

And the whole class gets to enjoy some free time to celebrate Kade's accomplishment.

Way to go, Kade. I am proud of you.

Tomorrow is bike day. Wear a green shirt if you've got one.

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