This morning the learners had a spanish lesson about learning the names of colors in spanish. Here are some photos of the lesson with Elena.

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The kinders had their first slingerland lesson this morning, while the first graders had center time with our wonderful parent volunteers in Educare. Alvin and Adam taught the first lesson for our unit of study on Families. The children all made “me” glyphs for their first lesson.

Each group had 30 minutes with me for their slingerland lesson and 30 minutes with Alvin and Adam for their social studies lesson on families. The first graders have already completed an in-depth year of our learning to write slingerland program, so they will only be reviewing the letter formation for our upper and lower case letters. Once the first graders have reviewed all the letters we will have a readers workshop lesson each Monday during this time slot. The kinders will have a slingerland lesson with me each Monday for the entire school year. The kinders will also have a review slingerland lesson of the letters they have already learned every other Thursday during center time.

Here is a brief explanation of the multi-sensory slingerland learning to write program. The program teaches the lower case letters first. I will introduce/teach one letter each week in the beginning, and once the kinders understand the program, I will teach two letters per week. The pictures below show a few of the steps involved in the program.

Today we learned the lowercase letter “h.” Please ask your kinder about the “head line, belt line, and foot line.”

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We also had a wonderful lesson in the garden learning about the six parts of a plant: roots, stem, leaves, flower, fruit, and seeds. We sang a song to help them learn the the six parts of the plant. Then we explored the garden to find all six parts of the plant. I also read them the book “The Tiny Seed” by Eric Carle. We finished our lesson by drawing pictures in our garden journals of the six parts of a plant.

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