Oh Whole Brain... if only I didn't run a 3 ring circus for a classroom! Case and point: Today I was teaching my 1st/2nd graders to circle groups of tens and start learning place value 10's and 1's, my kinders were practicing counting objects to 5, all the while I was holding a kid who seemed to think he was Tigger and bouncing all around and poking people in the face. I held him, while helping the 2 groups learn completely different topics. Whole Brain...not really an option when I only have 1 free hand (sort of...).
Ok, well in between the rounds of Tigger testing limits... here's what we did:
- Halloween counting games (kinder)
- Life cycles paperbooks (1st/2nd)
- Started our Letter P "week" in kinder (yes I know it's Thursday, but 2 field trips and Columbus Day screwed up our 5 day schedule. I plan to fix it by conferences in 3 weeks)
- 1st/2nd started place value and numbers to 100
- I introduced I Spy (AWESOME creation by Marsha McGuire!)
Anyway... the kids found the magnifying glasses within 2 minutes of getting in the classroom today and wanted to use them right away. It took great restraint to wait until centers time! When I pulled out the I Spy on the Farm sheets they were instantly engaged once they figured out what to do! They loved it! It was also a nice informal assessment for when kids found a letter but could not name it, or named it incorrectly. There are writing responses to practice writing the letters they find, but I chose to just let them have fun with it for today. It was a nice introduction. I think I'll let 1st/2nd do the sight word ones tomorrow. They were really curious when they saw the kinders with the magnifying glasses and wanted to use them too. Take a look at the adorable pictures I snapped as they worked! They are getting so used to me taking pictures of their work! Note: the headphones are to block out the noise of the kid who kept screaming today... he had a rough day, but the other kids were sooo good about complimenting him in his good moments! Yay for teaching them to find the positive!!