For art Monday students who were interested did body tracings on large paper then colored them in to match themselves.
During sign language with Rose we reviewed the alphabet and took turns finding alphabet signs in the ASL alphabet caterpillar on the wall. Rose read and signed the Piggy and Gerald story Can I Play, Too? by Mo Willems, which is an all-time favorite and brought lots of laughs. Upon request we sang and signed The Green Grass Grows All Around.
Makenna introduced self talk. She demonstrated and invited the children to do some superhero stretches with her, then introduced negative (shadow) talk and positive (superhero) talk. She asked the children ways that they can change negative/shadow talk to positive/superhero talk, and the children shared some suggestions, such as “I can do it!” and “I will give it a try!” We then did some more superhero stretches, bending over then moving up into a flying stance, crouching down then exploding up big like the Hulk, and pulling back a bow and arrow like Falcon.
We continued our study of mammals, who are covered in hair, including fur or wool. We read The Hat by Jan Brett, about the animals who take all the woolen clothes off the line and use them as hats. The children shared that wool comes from sheep, so we watched short videos of a sheep being shorn, the wool being trimmed, then carded, then spun into yarn.
Children used spray bottles filled with colored water to decorate the snow.
We took turns in the body socks to stretch and push and move, enjoying the resistance.
Kindergarten students did some surveying. They wrote down their two favorite foods, then surveyed all the children in the classroom about which of the two items they each preferred. They then added up the responses to see the results. We revisited the NOUN, which is a person, place, or thing – so something you can touch (mostly), and we introduced the VERB, which is something that you do. We went outside to get familiar with verbs. The children took turns selecting a verb from the stack and then moving in that way. They walked, ran, hopped, skipped, moseyd, crawled, etc. all over the playground.