Pair…A set of 2 things that go together. Winter sometimes brings snowflakes, ice and snow along with cold temperatures so we have to put on lots of layers to stay warm. The girls may not always love the cold weather winter brings but they sure do love wearing their gloves and mittens. I found a fun and lighthearted book, Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots, by Ellen Olson Brown and after reading this silly story I asked the girls a question that made them all laugh. How many feet do you have? “That’s a silly question, Mrs. Prewitt” they said. “We have 2!!!” Are your feet the same? “Of course…” Do your feet go together? “YES” Why do your feet go together? “BECAUSE THEY ARE THE SAME!!” Ahhh… so what does that make them? “They are matching” Yes, they are and 2 things that go together are a pair!! Can you think of anything else that is a pair? The girls proceeded to name many pairs such as:
Ooh La La Boots
We always talk about the author and illustrator before reading. After all our wonderful books related to pairs were shared I noticed something and brought it to the girl’s attention. Girls, I just noticed that two of our books have the same author, Stuart Murphy so…do those books go together? Yes!!!
Learning about pairs, matching related items and why they go together is important for cognitive skills and ability. By learning to mix and match related items the girls will be better prepared for both reading and math as they mature. I hope you had some “family fun” this week finding things that are a pair!!
January is a time in the south to just dream of snow. The first question I asked the girls when we came back from the holidays was.
What do you know about winter?
I read Angelina’s ice skates about a little mouse that produces an ice skating show for the New Year. Ice skaters were then created. We collaborated with Mrs. Erickson’s class to make a “mural” in our activity center. The girls created a pond and trees with various materials. Then a few skaters were added.
Information was gathered and pictures of winter forest animals were created. What we found out….
Reflection: I am always fascinated with the outcome of any given Reggio Inspired Project we are challenged with in class. I never know exactly which direction it will take and always anxious for the outcome. Generally in the cold winter months, we gather facts about snow and ice…all the typical subjects…but this year the girls became interested in the animals and how they survive. The animal facts will be stored in their “brains” for a later date when it’s time for retrieval. Now some of the most important skills developing in this project: gathering information, collaborating with friends, and thinking, thinking, thinking.
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