This week, we focused on our feelings with Mother Goose Time. We practiced making facial expressions for each feeling. We learned about being happy, sad, surprised, scared, and mad. It was fun to see the students make different faces and it was even more fun watching the students guess what the person in the photo might be feeling based on what their face was doing.
We had many great math lessons this week. The students learned about the color red, number concepts, patterns, sorting, and other things like taking turns and being kind.
One of the first activities we did this week was a math game called “Happy Hearts”. The students had to learn to take turns, share, and they practiced counting. A student rolled the cube and moved their heart piece that many spaces. On each space were hearts (1, 2, or 3 of them). The number of hearts on the landing space was how many hearts you would share with the other players. This game was really good for helping students get excited for the other players when they got hearts. It was not a competitive game and really focused on sharing the hearts with the other students. They also got to practice counting when they moved their piece around the board to different spaces and when they counted out hearts for each player. The students also practiced number recognition from rolling the cube. We had a lot of fun with this game.
Another activity we did was use the color red to draw things that made us happy. The students gave some thought to this and drew some pretty awesome things. Someone drew themselves playing with their dad, someone drew themselves being tickled by their dad, someone drew their mom, another drew all different kinds of cars and the last one drew bugs. Lots and lots of bugs.
We made scary monsters with play dough. Play dough is great for strengthening hand muscles which will help with fine motor skills, like holding a pencil and using scissors. We added math to this activity by rolling the die, identifying the number on the die, and putting that many number of eyes on the monster. Each monster looked so different.
One of the last activities we did in the week was make AB patterns with presents and spiders. I asked the students what they would do if someone gave them a present with a spider in it. Most of them said they would kill it. A few would scream. And one of my students would keep it for a pet.
We had a lot of fun exploring our feelings with math this week. Next week, we will discuss pets.
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