Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Hooray! Literacy and Math Times Begin!

fun with tops!!

This week we have started to pull more academics into our schedule.  We have been working with our names in literacy centers.  All of centers are fun and are both academic and social.  It has been a great way to learn about one another.  We have started learning about the letters of the alphabet and the sounds they make through a curriculum called FUNdations.  This program introduces anywhere from one to three letters per week.  It teaches each letter in a distinct sequence and with a letter name - keyword - sound.  We also work on being able to write each letter properly.  Do you know what this weeks letter was? (Hint: check the picture above)  Tt - top - "t"  We are working on making sure that we clip the letter sound short: "t" instead of "ta", this is VERY important!!  There were so many children who didn't know what a top was or had never played with one that I put some out at choice time.  It was a very popular choice and lots of fun was had!!!

geoblock city creation
This week we have also begun math time!  Our school uses TERC investigations as the primary math curriculum K-5.  We have spent this week exploring the various math manipulatives we will be using during the year.  Needless to say, they don't even know that this is math time! It is just a time to be fun and creative!

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