The children really enjoyed themselves at the Aviary. They crawled in tunnels and peered through windows to see the penguins swimming under the water. They watched in amazement as large birds of prey came swooping through the room for the performance we were attending. I gave each child a dollar to give to the crow who was collecting donations. Several of the children opted to feed the small birds when given a chance. We also held out nectar for some of the birds. It was an exciting day.
I must say that one of my favorite parts of the day was the discussion we had before we left. I showed the children some clips from the National Aviary's website and then we talked about the birds, what color they were, if they were large or small, how they fly and which ones we thought we might see. So it was a nice preparation for the day. Today, some of the children came in and said -"Aviary all done".
Today we made turtles during center time, we also matched letters to letters on our wall chart. We named numbers after seeing them in print -up to 5. We counted how many (pretend) fish we had in our fishbowl and said what color the fish was. We read two books about pets. Shane loved kissing the kittens in one of the books. We are practicing reading the other students' names in our class during attendance. Then we match the name to their picture. Please ask your child questions. Todays' questions were: 1) What is your name?
2) What color is your shirt? 3) Where is (a then name an item). Some of the children should explain where the item is - on the table or under the chair, the others should point or get the item.