Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Great Start!!

Hello Everyone!!
We have had a wonderful start to our year!  The past couple of days were filled with  establishing routine, schedules, expectations, goal setting, and getting to know each other. Yesterday we enjoyed learning about school expectations through our little friend David. You know him! Little David in David Shannon's book "David Goes To School."  I love the little David's my kids made this year!  They all turn out so different!!

You can get the David literature connection activity in this little unit.  It also includes other reading/social studies ideas for you to use at the beginning of the year!
Today we tackled the tough subjects of bullying, and respecting ourselves and others using one of our fav characters, Kevin Henkes' Chrysanthemum!  We have done this connection activity for many years and every year, it hits home with the kids.  They make the connection that you can hurt another's heart with words. There's that old chant we used to say, "Sticks and stones may break  my bones, but names will never hurt me."  Well, I don't believe that to be true.  Words can sometimes hurt even more than other things.  As we read the story we crumpled a large paper heart each time little Chrysanthemum hears words that hurt.  That heart got pretty crumpled. It even tore a little! We tried as hard as we could to smooth it back out. Of course we couldn't get it perfectly smooth. We decided to put some bandaids on as a way of driving the point home.  Even words can hurt!

 You can get this little reading/social studies connection in my Chrysanthemum unit.

Click here for this mini unit!! :)
I am so excited about tomorrow!  Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse!!
Till then, thanks for stopping by for a peek! We appreciate you!
Have a great evening!!