This week was all about getting back into the routine. Most of my students had forgotten how to behave like the little angels that they are, and came back to school with the habits of winter break–namely, eating, sleeping, and playing whenever they wanted to. The munchkins were always whining about how they were starving (at 9:00!) or exhausted (at 11:30!). Compounding the difficulty getting back to good school habits was that it rained for two days, so students couldn’t go outside for recess. This hurt them, because they were used to playing, and it hurt me because they were big bundles of energy all day long. Some of the munchkins got “yellow days,” much to their dismay. Next week should be better…
In language arts, we reviewed sequence. This was a good topic to ease into school, because they are generally very good at sequencing events in a story. We read books, wrote the events on note cards, and then students arranged the note cards in the correct sequence and presented them to the class.
In math, we did a super-short unit on tens and ones. Students learned the 57 is 5 tens and 7 ones, 18 is 1 ten and 8 ones, etc. Most of them were completely baffled until they got the pattern. I’d hear the furious scratching of pencils and then an, “Oh!!!! I get it!” followed my more furious scratching, and then another joyful outburst.
In science, it as pretty dull. We were learning about rocks. I don’t want to waste time with it, because social studies was AMAZING!!!
In social studies, we are learning about safety. During water safety day, I explained that it is important not to play with electronics in the bathtub. We talked about what it felt like to get a shock from touching something, and how that was only a few volts, whereas a shock from a plug is over 100 volts. One of my little ones piped in, “Did you know that the body makes electricity?” I told him that I did know that. Then he asked, “How much electricity does the brain conduct?”
What I thought: WHAT?!?!?! YOU ARE SIX YEARS OLD!!
What I said: The brain has enough electricity to power a small light
Also in amazing social studies questions, we were talking about dialing 911. We read a great little book about a boy whose father gets trapped in the basement because the doorknob comes off. The boy knows just what to do and calls 911 (a fantastic non-scary situation). Afterwards, one of my students asked, “Can kids call 911?” I told her that, yes, kids can call 911 and we would talk about times when it is OK to call. Then, one of my other little darling munchkins said, “Sometimes my mom and dad lock the door in their bedroom. Should I call 911?”
What I thought: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA I can just imagine your poor parents hearing sirens and fire fighters breaking down the door….
What I said: No, unless they are trapped, do NOT call 911. It isn’t an emergency.
I love my munchkins…