There is so much excitement going on in our community that sometimes days feel a little bit different. It's a good thing we are getting good at being flexible with our schedule (especially with all of the half days we had)! Last Friday was an especially different Open Choice Time. Instead of going to our usual work areas, we had new Games all around our class. These games helped us practice our math, language, and social skills.
We introduced Math Scrabble, which was a big hit for many friends! After selecting two number tiles, friends would match the amount of manipulatives and add them up to find the total. This gave us practice using addition and equation symbols, along with number writing practice!
High Ho Cherry-O! was another favorite game for friends. This gave us practice in counting, subtracting, and adding cherries to and from our tree. Also, it gave us a chance to remember how to take turns and problem solve if there was some confusion in how to play the game.
Other games that helped us get practice in taking turns and problem solving, as well as communicating with our friends, were Memory and doing puzzles. Working in small groups can be tricky for some friends, but it is a great opportunity for us to learn important social skills such as using your words, listening to other friends' ideas, and contributing to a group effort.
We also got some practice in reading, sounding out, identifying letters, and writing their shape with our Boggle game! Friends were really excited to find that they are becoming readers and writers! Friends took turns pushing sounds together and creating their own words using the Boggle cubes.
We rotated three times during our Game Day, so every friend got a chance to play different games. These different kinds of days can be filled with fun and lots of work!