## Wednesday, May 2, 2018

### Capital Letters L and D

L is for Ledge
D is for Dragon

This ended up being a two-session topic. Here is how we broke it up:

Day One

We started by doing the Montessori Hundred Board. You take a few tiles out of the box at a time and arrange them in piles based on the digit in the tens place, then pick up each pile and organize them based on the digit in the units place. Finally, you put that row in, so that you are proceeding one row at a time in making the design. As we put each row in place, we would read them out loud to get the rhymthm of the numbers. This material makes seeing the patterns in the digits very easy, and kids love it! There's also a Hundred Board Control Chart. It was always very important to Dr. Maria Montessori that students be able to check their own work independently.

During the Hundred Board we got up several times to do jumping jacks, and he also took a snack break. It took him 45 minutes to complete, but he was beaming at the end of it!!!!

We next took a nature walk outside to look for bird nests in the trees in my yard. We didn't see any, but I pointed out a squirrel nest high up in an oak tree, as well as our bee swarm trap. When we got back inside, we looked at nine bird nests from my extensive collection of found nests. Then we read Urban Roosts: Where Birds Nest in the City by Barbara Bash. We stopped on the second page and compared the illustration of the city to the cover of the recent Caldecott Honor book Grand Canyon. They were amazingly similar.

Then we read the charming Have You Seen My Dragon? by Steve Light.

We counted the objects each time (the book goes from 1 to 20) and found the dragon in each two page spread. He loved the book and checked it out from my Lending Library to take home and show his dad.

We finished by looking at the D is for Dragon illustration in L M N O P and All the Letters A to Z. Next session I will have him draw a huge mural of a cityscape, hiding somewhere in the details a Dragon perched on a Ledge, and then give it to his mom to see if she can find the Dragon.

Day Two

First I showed my student a sweet little broken robin egg.

We took a walk last week to look for bird nests and didn't find any, but then the next morning my eye spotted this little piece of robin's egg blue shell.

Then we did another Montessori work, the Sound Boxes, which is for auditory discrimination.

Time to get caught up on our MLB. We added the word Parrot under his cut feather collage, drew and labeled an Elephant and a Mountain, and then reviewed last week's letters (Ledge and Dragon). We read the D poem on the back of the L M N O P Alphabet Wall Card. Then he drew his cityscape inspired by last week's book Have You Seen My Dragon? and hid a Dragon on a Ledge. Then he filled the streets of the city with brave knights lined up to help fight the dragon!

Next we relaxed and read The Disappearing Alphabet and talked about what his name would sound like if we took the D out. How silly! This book ends with the ZZZZ in Buzz, so we went outside to check on the bee swarm trap and looked to see if any bees have found it yet. Then we came back in and I showed him a piece of whole honeycomb and we tasted a bit of honey.

Lastly, we played a game of Selecta's Dwarves and Dice. This game is awesome for visual discrimination. It's also a ton of fun! Plus, Dwarf is the illustration for D in The Wise Enchanter.

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