We continued our work on Survivors! The kids generated a list of skills/traits that would be helpful for survival. Then they met with a partner to start brainstorming ideas for their Survivor Audition video, which they'll create next week.
We started our Survivor-themed novels today. The kids each chose the novel they wanted to read from our list of 4 books. We enjoyed reading the introduction in each of the books, and a little bit of background knowledge about each story. We're looking forward to working with Mrs. Hayes, as she joins us on this novel study.
We began our math work with a short review of Hands On Equations, Level 1. After that, we took a Pre-test to assess our knowledge from Level 1, before placing kids in appropriate learning groups for our math time. The groups are flexible, so if a child makes quick progress, he/she can move to a more challenging group. Likewise, if the pace is too quick, we can find a group with a bit slower pace.
We stretched our brains in creative ways with our first F2OE of the year. We reviewed what Fluency, Flexibility, Originality, and Elaboration are. The kids liked the variety of tasks and rated which they found easiest and hardest. We'll do variations of this task throughout the year to help us grow our creativity.
We did a fantastic Group Dynamics lesson called, "Broken Square". The kids had to work together without talking, pointing, or grabbing to create 5 perfect squares from a variety of pieces.
We continued our Mindfulness Practice with a breathing exercise, 4-7-8 Breathing. Most of the kids found this pretty challenging, but did much better after the second try. This is a good way to relax or help quiet the mind at bedtime.
A Quick Note about Edmodo:
I only assign one question for Homework each time. The kids will see it at the top of their posts. Edmodo sends out an optional Question of the Day. The kids don't have to answer that,--it's just for fun. I'll be sending home Parent Sign-Up forms for Edmodo next week.
HW: Edmodo Question
Until Next Time,