First up..........visualizing. We did a visualizing activity this week and it turned out awesome. I have posted in the past about our visualizing or creating mental images. I read a book and they sit with their eyes closed and at certain times during the reading I stop and say "Draw" and they have about 3 minutes to draw their mental image. Then they close their eyes again and I read on.....then I stop and say "draw" again....you get the idea. I usually stop 4 times. I have the kids fold their paper to divide it into 4 boxes so they have 4 different places to draw. It is best to do this activity with a book that they have never heard or seen before and that can be a challenge....that leads me to the recommendation portion of my post............................Have you ever heard of the book......................The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone by Timothy Basil Ering??????
Oh my goodness!!!!! I just LOVE this book!!!! I love everything about it......it's fun, it's got lots of little lessons that you could pull (patience, friendship, hope.....) The illustrations are my fave too!!
So my lovelies hadn't heard this book before.......YEAH.....I put it in a folder so they couldn't see the cover and read it to them.......they had to draw 4 different times and then the ending is so cool I gave them all one more piece of paper to do the end...(they boy in the story lived in Cementland....dull, dreary,....a junkyard.....in the end of the book there's lots of colors...(can't tell you why...ya have to read it). I was blown away at how the kids "mental images" were so close to the book even though they had never seen it.
Dull, dreary Cementland
Can I tell you how much my kiddos love doing this?!?!??!?! Ya gotta check this book out...it's great:)
This activity is also a great "assessment" as to what's going on it their minds as you're reading....kinda cool.
Ok....sorry.......seems I'm a little long winded tonight.....now to the non-teacher/school maybe teacher related news......
Is that soooooooooooo pretty?! The hubs surprised me with it Thursday:) I love orchids and have never seen a blue one!!!!
I know it's hard to see but I have twins!!! Well, not twins......birds don't have twins do they??? For those of you who don't know....I have an outdoor bird aviary and went out there to feed them tonight and was surprised by not one but 2 baby diamond doves:))
Happy weekend all!!! Going to see my baby girl this weekend at college:)))))))