This week in Talking Time, our Shasta class learned about presidents. We had candidates run for class president, made campaign posters that described what we would do as president, and voted in an election. We also read fun facts about past presidents in the book What Presidents are Made of. What and made were our core words of the week. You can see our theme vocabulary video and watch some inspiring Kid President videos at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipOMcbZYOh4&list=PLROC0x_vQTINRmH4gJr62lqHRwwrGsC6Q
Our elementary classes studied community helpers while reading the book When I Grow Up. Most of the students decided they’d like to drive the school bus someday. Our core words of the week were who and want. You can model these words by asking and answering who questions:
Who is at the table? You and sister are at the table! Who is on tv? Sponge Bob is on tv. You can model using want by referring to things your child wants in the moment: For example, if you see your child reaching for a toy, you can model with a sentence like “Oh, I see you WANT Legos.”
This week we talked a lot about love! We read the new book “All you need is Love,” which is a lovely visual representation of the Beatles song.
We talked about different things we all love including what foods we love to eat. Many students chose ice cream or donuts!
We talked about different ways we can show love to our friends, including fist bumps, high fives and smiles.
We ended the week by talking about ways we love ourselves. Students completed the sentence – I can ________. It was wonderful to hear the different things students love about themselves. They said things like, “I can be kind,” “I can help,” and “I can dance.”
We hope you all have a good long weekend, filled with love!
Follow the link below to see the videos we watched this week. The students very much enjoyed dancing along to the songs!
When you plan your weekly theme for January, you certainly hope for more cooperation from the weather. Our theme was SNOWMAN and our story of the week was There Was A Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow. Our core words of the week were WHO and SOME. We asked lots of WHO questions this week, like “Who do you love?” You can ask your child WHO questions, too! SOME is easy to work into daily routines when you ask your child if they want some ….help, cookies, movie time….the possibilities are endless! Here’s the link for this week’s playlist, full of new words, the read aloud version of our story, snow sculpting contests, a snowman song and even a snowman Wallace and Grommet Cartoon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMhFZVqQRCI&list=PLROC0x_vQTIN5vgXwzYxQhwkj6b8LOs7P Will we see snow this winter?
Our theme this week was waiting. We read the book Waiting Is Not Easyby Mo Willems. In this story, a Piggie has a surprise for his friend Elephant, but he has to wait. And wait. And he waits very dramatically. The surprise is a nighttime sky full of stars. We looked at stars in the dark with our light box. Our core words of the week were I, you and not. We worked on the sentences “I am________.” and “You are_________.” using talking brix. (You can learn more about these mini-talkers here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Jt8frWIgJw You can find our vocabulary words, a song about waiting, a song about stars, plus the read-aloud version of our story in English and Spanish by following this link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLROC0x_vQTIOlJYx09RNQXl0B-b7Ve7zp
This week, we talked about the wind. Our book of the book was Like a Windy Day , by Frank Asch & Devin Asch. We tried a couple of fun wind-based activities, including pinwheels and using squeeze bottles to blow cotton ball “clouds” across the blue sky. (This is an easy activity to try at home!) Vocabulary words, a read-aloud version of the book and some songs about wind (plus some Bill Nye, the Science Guy) are available of this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLROC0x_vQTINSXLFtOFdzMFtMlL6OqenR
In our middle school class, we read the book Hairy, Not Scary. This story was written by a Lifeskills high school class and talked about two students who wrote a report about tarantulas. Our class then wrote their own book. The Spider Book Please take a peek at this great story. We took turns reading it to each other and then lent the book to our friends in elementary school. They loved it, too! Links to this week’s vocabulary and some dancing spiders can be found at https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLROC0x_vQTIN0JojPKDfeIsNeOz0Lav3x Our words of the week were YOU, NOT and ON.
Both classes really enjoyed a visit from my pet spider, Harry. He was very polite and enjoyed the kids taking him on walks. Everyone was very gentle and no one was scared in the least!