## Monday, 9 September 2013

### It's Day 5!

The students are getting into the swing of things in the classroom.  When they come in, they are now trying to independently work on their "Rise and Shine" binder, a wonderful idea that I got from another teacher named Reagan Tunstall.  The binder works on basic math understandings that children need, that are usually reinforced through calendar work.  They tell me, using a dry erase marker, what day of the week it is, what month, what year and how many days we have been in school.
Using that number, they also work on tally marks, the numbers that come before and after, how that number is created in ten frames and how it can be created in part-part-whole sections.
The binder allows for daily practise in a fun manner, without duplicating paper for each day's work.  After it's done, the students just use their little dry marker erasers and they are all set for the next day!
Today we began a little alphabet review using a wonderful book called "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom."
In the story "a told b, and b told c, "I'll meet you at the top of the coconut tree."  The students searched for their own alphabet letters and made them climb up their coconut trees.
Finding the letters was quite the challenge!
Here's our first little birthday girl with her special cupcake chair, her special glasses, her sticker that tells everyone  that she is celebrating a birthday attached to her shirt and the balloon that she will take home with a twisty drinking straw.  She also got to take home our first literacy bag, that includes a game and a journal to complete.