Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"ROWING" Right Along

We are ROWING again... Five in A Row to be exact.  Our co-op met today for the second time this year, and I realized that I never posted pics from our first get-together.  The kids were excited to see old friends again and meet many new.  We have grown tremendously, so there are lots of new faces.

There were a few titles left from Volume 1, but the majority of the books we "row" will come from Volume 2.  Ms. Lori led our first meeting a couple weeks ago, and Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk was our book.  (Side note:  I paid a ridiculous amount for it at the bookstore!  Reminder to self:  If the library doesn't have it or I don't own it, be sure and find out how much it costs before ordering!!!!  YIKES!)  At home, we enjoyed reading the story together, learning some new vocabulary, and practicing our map skills searching for the mentioned cities in Russia.  At co-op, the kids played a get-to-know-you game, completed some mapping pages, talked about the color-wheel, made warm & cool color collages, sorted gummy bears, played charades, and enjoyed a snack.

Today, Ms. Kim, taught the group using activities from Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. The kids practiced getting into numeric order and waddled around the room behind the Momma Duck. They identified Boston, Maryland, on a map and using cardinal directions described its location in relationship to Kentucky. Next, they practiced writing upper and lower case Dd's and colored and cut pictures beginning with D. Afterwards, they identified and colored the parts of a duck. They played a game trying to pick up peanuts with their duck hands, and enjoyed making a duck out of marshmallows, cheez-its, and raisins. After construction, they were able to eat their duck and had a cheese/cracker/peanut butter snack as well.

Lots of great literacy based activities that reach across the curriculum paired with some friends, my kiddos love our Five In A Row co-op.  In two weeks, we will meet again.  Next book on the list, Wee Gillis by Munro Leaf.  I'm not familiar with this title, so I'm on a search. 

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