We began our new unit in language arts, Every Story Has Characters. We had fun reading "The Tortoise and the Hare" and "The Little Helper" (a variation of the "The Lion and the Mouse"). We talked more about fiction, worked more on retelling stories by telling the beginning, the middle, and the ending of the stories, and focused on the characters in each story we read. Be sure to look for your child's new reading folder this week. Directions will be in the folder. And please be sure the folder is in your child's backpack everyday!
In math we continued our work with numbers up to ten thinking of the numbers as "five and some more". We used visuals--craft sticks and created tallies, ten-frame display cards, tally cards, and graphing activities to solidify the concept. We also learned the game Beat You To Ten and began working with pattern blocks(hexagons, rhombuses, triangles, and trapezoids) to find multiple ways to fill in a given shape. The smart Gecko Class is developing a solid math foundation!