This week we continued our new inquiry into the transdisciplinary theme how we express ourselves with the central idea: storytelling allows us to share ideas, feelings and experiences. We began an author study of Robert Munsch and are enjoying his very funny stories. We are working on developing ideas about what we can say to share our appreciation of stories – for example, ‘it was funny,’ ‘I like the pictures,’ ‘I thought it was surprising,’ ‘it wasn’t for me.’ We are also adding to our list of ways that people can share stories – books, puppet shows, oral storytelling, etc.
Next Wednesday we will go to see a Water Puppet performance in the old quarter. Please check your child’s bag for the permission form and return it as soon as possible.
In English we are starting to focus more on recognizing and correctly forming both uppercase and lowercase letters. Each morning the children carefully write their names and add them to our ‘name tree.’ Ms. Nhung and I support them to begin their name with an uppercase letter followed by lowercase letters, to form the letters correctly (starting at the top), and to use a correct pencil grip. We are continuing to work on rhyme and beginning letter sounds.
You may have noticed from your child’s blog that we are working on the ability to instantly recognize quantities. This is called ‘subitizing’ and is very different to counting. “Subitizing is the ability of looking at a group of objects and recognizing patterns that allow us to ‘guess’ the total number of objects, without having to count them.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB71PqQ3yHk This week we learned a number of subitizing card games and a subitizing song.
Here is some more information about subitizing:
Seeing the World in Numbers
Over time, number recognition develops into more sophisticated abilities, such as instantly seeing how many (an ability known as subitizing, from the Latin word meaning suddenly). Subitizing is the direct, immediate recognition of the number of a group. For example, if someone shows you four fingers for only an instant, you recognize how many they are holding up without counting. This kind of speedy recognition is important because later it will help children with adding. Many children add 4 + 3 by counting out four objects, then three objects, then counting all seven. The trouble with this is that their memory of the three and four is too far away from the total seven for the child to make a connection. But if a child is able to subitize the four, she is more likely to count on, starting with four, then five, six, and seven. Then she learns a more sophisticated counting strategy and start learning the “fact” that 4 + 3 = 7. http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/thinking-skills-learning-styles/easy-1-2-3
Please see this link for photos from this week: K1B Photos
*Show and Tell next week: Please help your child choose a favourite story to share with the class.
Show & Tell Schedule:
Mondays: Basti, Bella, Calliope, Duc Tam
Tuesdays: Hoang Linh, Hugo, Jenna, Jimmy
Wednesdays: Jonah, Katie, Lena, Rafael
Thursdays: Rahan, Sasha, Yaara, Yuji