I had a great first week of school with my new class! I am really enjoying this group. They are very sweet, obedient, and attentive, and that makes me one happy teacher!
This week, the children learned a lot of procedures. I went over everything they need to know about how our classroom is supposed to run. We learned day-to-day procedures, Crisis Management procedures (i.e. fire drills, tornado drills, code issues, etc.), and their favorite--rainy day recess procedures! I don't want to wait until the first rainy day recess to have to explain what we do. I showed the students our classroom board games and explained how to play them. Then, I allowed small groups to play for about 10-15 minutes:
Right now in geography, we are learning map skills. I wanted to see how much the students already knew about the continents and oceans, so I introduced an activity called "Rip the World." I wrote about this activity last year, so CLICK HERE for the details. It's a fun and quick assessment.
We also reviewed the states and capitals this week. The students loved this video that I showed:
Another thing we all loved--MATH! We started a new math program this year--we are switching from Saxon to Math in Focus (Singapore Math). My students really enjoy the manipulatives (both hands-on and digital).
CLICK HERE (because the video couldn't be embedded).