Thursday, January 14, 2010

January 14th, 2010

Today was a very busy day. We remarked during afternoon circle time how "exhausted" we were, and here is why...

We continued with our new literacy centers today! We used the felt board to reflect on our reading of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

We used the iPod to enjoy Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

We worked on letter recognition and sounds by playing the alphabet fishing game!

When a letter is fished from the basket, we trace or circle it on our alphabet sheets, talk about the shape of the letter and the sound(s) it makes and come up with different words that start with that letter!

When the computer was acting up, some of us made signs that said "Computer Broken." We sounded out each word and wrote the sounds we could hear using our alphabet sheets. Then we taped them to the computer to let our friends know that the computer was out of order.

Our big buddies also came today (we LOVE our big buddies)! We used all three primary colors, plus black and white, to collaborate on beautiful pieces of art! As always, we talked about the affect our color mixing, choice of painting tool and type of stroke had on our final product and why we, as artists, make the choices we do.

The most challenging and exciting part of the day was taking a Word Walk to observe and discuss environmental print in our community!

We talked about and practiced how to be safe on our walk. We held hands, had partner checks, stayed on the sidewalk and practiced STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN before crossing any streets.

At each sign or we stopped at, we talked about what we noticed. Lots of us noticed letters that we had in our own names. We also noticed numbers and symbols on certain signs.

Don't be surprised if you hear us mention "No Parking!" We studied this sign thoroughly!

We talked about what each sign meant, and how important words are to our everyday life!

We used the campus map to locate where we were and where we wanted to go. We also talked about left and right as we made every turn or changed direction! We are excellent navigators!

We hope to make a class book of our environmental print walk so we can continue to practice reading signs during class time!

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