We started out our family time today by learning a new ” I love you” ritual. We have been doing ” Twinkle Twinkle Little Star ” since school started and I felt it was time to mix it up . We do these rhymes during family time to make a connection. We partner up and face each other and look in each others eyes and say :
I can be a friend by smiling at you
I can be a friend by being kind too
I can be a friend by shaking your hand
I can be your friend. ( Hug )
I actually took a poem about being a friend and twisted it a little . This time it rhymes, we touch, we smile, but we also reinforce ways we can be a friend.
Our story today was ” Good Night Moon. ” It seems only appropriate to eat moon pies while listening, right ?
We did another nursery rhyme that goes along with our ” Bedtime ” theme this week.
Hey Diddle Diddle
The Cat and the Fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed to see such sport
and the dish ran away with the spoon.
After reading this rhyme I put plates and spoons and art material on the table.
I am sending home a page with this rhyme on it if you want to say it with your child at home. One activity we didnt get to today that would be fun is saying the rhyme outside and placing something over the ground and pretending to be the cow jumping over the moon.
I wish you guys could see and hear all that we encounter each day. The growth that we experience from week to week is phenomenal. So many times we will be listening or watching ( for an observation ) and out of the blue a child does or says some thing absolutely brilliant. Well done moms and dad ! You’e raised some smart thinking kiddos.
Every week or two we bring in a new crate filled with activities for the tables. This seems to keep the children engaged in curious. Today we added a tub of moon sand, a sensory tub with black beans and red, white and blue stars they can sort through ,an I Spy Puzzle and a view master. It was a busy morning.
Sometimes a new activity is in such high demand that we have to make a list. This not only gives us a visual for when our turn is coming and helps us to be patient, as we recognize the letters in our friends name and read it we gain confidence and exhibit phonological awareness. It enables us as teachers to ” spontaneously ” introduce math terms like first, last, and second or third and more or less.