Curtis, who seemed to have no interest in holding a gecko last week, surprised me by holding the crested gecko today. His dad, Andy, who was in kindergarten to see it for himself was delighted to see. To my mind, the crested gecko is a more fearsome-looking creature, so I just didn't expect Curtis would have any interest this week. He proved me wrong. I grabbed my camera.
|Curtis holding the Crested Gecko|
I abandoned the early reading center again in favor of the cooking center. We did read a book called Pizza, and William P., William Z. and Wyatt collectively read it cover to cover sounding out words like pour, mix, roll. toss, stir, spread, chop, sprinkle, bake, smell, cut, & eat. There were illustrations to help, but still, I was impressed by their ability to sound out words. Wyatt is doing this all the time.
Wyatt made a pizza that, I think matched how he felt when he was able to read the book as well as he did:
The group as a whole did a good job assembling and eating our mini English muffin pizza creations.
Caroline is able to name all of her classmates, thereby joining the handful who've been able to show me that they know everyone in class. That's what the red heart at the last letter of her name indicates.
|Caroline's red heart indicates that she knows everyone's name.|
The same holds true of William Z:
|William Z knows everyone by name.|
With sand left in the hourglass, Caroline demonstrated that she knows the whole of the Soundabet. Now it is a matter of learning the lowercase letters (not a big deal) and then combining those sounds to make words, (yes, a big deal). She's well on the road to literacy. (Teachers call combining letter sounds into words "blending.")