We're starting our 4th week of school, and the Trillium students are settling in beautifully. In just a few short weeks the students have made friendships and learned the routines of the classroom.
For our first thematic unit, we are learning what it means to be a member of the Trillium family. The students worked together to create a list of classroom rules to keep us safe. Our classroom rules are:
- We are fair and friendly
- We take care of our materials
- We take care of our spaces
- We work thoughtfully
We read the book "Have You Filled a Bucket Today" by Carol McCloud. This beautiful story teachers that everyone carries an invisible bucket of feelings, and our daily actions either fill a bucket (happy feelings and experiences) or empty it (negative feelings and experiences). We learned that by filling the buckets of others, we fill our own buckets. The students have been generating ideas of ways we can fill the buckets of those at school, home, and in our community.
In literacy, we are starting daily reading and writing workshops, in addition to our phonics curriculum. In these first few weeks have been introduced to our class mascot, Mabel. We've learned how to use non-fiction books to learn about the world. And we've learned that everyone is a writer with important stories to tell, and we can put our stories on paper even if we are still learning the letters of the alphabet.
In math we are working on recognizing shapes and patterns, composing and decomposing numbers to 5, and learning how to rotate through math workplaces. Our current work places include build with unifix cubes, pattern blocks, geoboards, polydrons, and counting pennies to 100.
In my blogs, I like to include a list of ask me abouts. Often when asked what they did in schools, students don't have much to say. Ask me abouts give you a way to ask your child about the specifics of what we are doing on the classroom!
This week's ask me abouts:
- Can you show me the sign language have you learned?
- What do you like to do at choice time?
- What is in your writing folder?
- What is a song you have learned at school?
- How do you fill a bucket?
As you can see, we are off to a great start!