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This week, we are learning Nursery Rhymes with the word “little” in it. One of my favorite days was exploring the nursery rhyme “Little Miss Muffet”. The kids and I recited the rhyme together and talked about the words they might not have known (like tuffet, curds and whey). The spider scared Miss Muffet away. I asked the kids, “What frightens you?” I asked each student one at a time. We inserted their scary thing into the rhyme (instead of it being the spider) and said the new version of the poem together. The students were scared of wolves, rattle snakes, spiders, zombies, and bears.
In small group literacy, the students looked at the alphabet chart and pointed to the pictures that might scare them, like the lion or a bell if it rang too loud). Then, I taught them the –ot word family. We used the Word Family Decoder Game from Experience Early Learning (formally Mother Goose Time). I helped the students make and sound out words. They made the words hot, dot, and pot. We talked about how these words rhyme because they have the same ending sound. I helped them blend the sounds together so they could read the word. For the younger students, we talked about the letter names and the sounds they make.
In small group math, the students made spiders out of playdough, pipe cleaners, and wiggly eyes. They rolled the number cube. Whatever number they landed on was the number of legs they put on their spider. The students had a lot of fun counting out legs and eyes for their spider. By the end of the game, the students weren’t using the dice anymore. They were using their own imaginations to create a creepy spider.
Our character trait this month is bravery. The students and I had a discussion about what it means to be brave. When should we be brave? We read a story from Experience Early Learning called, “Mouse and the Dark Road”. At the art station, the students retold the story using the character pieces. They also made a mouse puppet that they could take home and retell the story to their parents.
The students drew a picture of a time they were brave. My co-teacher helped each student write their story. She wrote down their words as they dictated sentences. There stories were awesome! I have some really brave students.
This is the last week with the nursery rhyme theme. Next month, we will be exploring Experience Early Learning’s theme “Pond Life”.