Today I will do my first literacy lesson. I had bought a book to show off (Patrushka’s tips) and so I prepared my literacy lesson on ‘the first hippo on the moon’. They had to find synonyms on some of the words from the book.(See bottom of the page). Hekma had a hard time working together and sharing a thesaurus. He has been showing attitude all week. Aaron did great, I didn’t expect him to write so good and need Farzan wasn’t showing great effort though. Feedback was to have them show another example, M-C said I had good Classroom control. I also told them I found working with Thesauruses hard, she liked that I told them that. I was with all the groups, helping where needed.
During math, they used buttons, to make a pattern: they had one designer who made the pattern and the other ones had to guess it, the colors and how many of it. Through this they learned co-operation and counting. After this they had to use consecutive numbers and investigate if they were more than a multiple of three. They already know the tables. HOW??THEY ARE SIX!!
After break they did guided reading. I guided a group. You have to constantly remind them to share and co-operate. I never knew rubbers would cause so much trouble. It was nice to see the different levels of reading among the children. Elena Isabel had a higher level than Klara had.The exercises were a little hard. Answering questions went okay. When they had to spot the difference and write the correct sentence, you could clearly see a difference in writing skills. Some still wrote fairly big and others already a bit smaller. Hekma, Raphael and Aryan had trouble concentrating.
After lunch we did ICT and I just helped. Upstairs in the attic they have an arts and crafts room for the older classes and an ICT room. After ICT we finshed IPC and I taught two kids how to tie a knot!!! Aryan’s grandfather came into class to tell a story about Ramayan, an Indian story.
Fun fact: An international student from the conservatory in the Hague comes in every day to babysit them during lunch. This way we get an entire hour off for our own lunch.