Bugs, specifically insects, have been our theme this week. On Monday we had a “science talk”. This is when the children get to have a conversation to tell each other all the things they think they know about a subject. The question was “what do you know about bugs?” They knew some names of bugs, how some bugs move, and where some bugs live. They had lots of different ideas about what bugs are poisonous, what bugs sting, and what bugs eat. Throughout the week we learned about an insect’s body parts. I was very impressed how many students remembered the 3 parts - head, thorax, and abdomen. Ask your child how many antennas and legs all insects have? Ask them if all insects have wings? We also learned different ways insects move, see if your child can remember 3 of these ways.
Our class is studying stories by Eric Carle this week, and the next. We read The Very Grouchy Ladybug and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. We compared his stories, how are they the same - how are they different? We looked at his illustrations and discussed how we think he made the pictures. Although we decided these books are “just for fun” (fiction), I did use the stories to talk about insects. We were able to look at the main character and figure out if it was an insect by counting its legs and finding its antennas. We also discussed some facts about the main characters such as how ladybugs help plants by eating the aphids, or looking at a butterfly’s life cycle.
The class worked on the letter “Dd” this week. They practiced with finger writing in sand, forming letters with wax sticks, and writing on chalk boards. Now that we have learned a few letters I am using flashcards with them every morning to practice the letters and their sounds of those we have learned so far. I added a new game, Cootie, to the math center. We played as a whole group first - to go over the rules, practice counting the dots on the dice, and looking at the different parts we need to make up this bug. Many children played with small groups during the week. This is not only great for math, but reinforces turn taking and following rules.
* Sharing: Children are allowed to bring one thing in to share as they wish. It is an informal time that they can show their friends and pick one student to ask a question or give a comment. In a few weeks I will begin teaching the specifics of this public speaking experience and will have a set schedule for sharing days.