Since they did the activity with me yesterday, I let them do it on their own today while I circulated and worked 1:1 with some students to check in with how they are coming along with their sounds and blending sounds together.
When I checked in with my stampers, one of the children had used the "sock" stamp. Since the initial sounds are missing, she had a picture of a sock and _ock stamped on her paper and she had written in a letter at the beginning of the word. Well...some of my kiddos are confusing the sound s makes with the sound c makes. She had expressed that confusion on this particular word. She thought that the letter c made the /s/ sound. I prompted her to think about what letter says /s/ without reading aloud the word she had created, but the other little smarty at the table boldly exclaimed, that says COCK (loudly).
During snack time today, we enjoyed apples and apple juice for our Aa snack (a is our letter of the week, so the student who is the star of the week brings in a snack for everyone that begins with our letter of the week). The apple juice came in cans and one little boy proudly showed me that he had opened his all by himself. He told me, "I did it because I have muscles."
Using my document camera today was fabulous! The kids did so much better with the activity because they were able to look at my model and copy what I was doing. It was great. There are a few who are really fascinated with the fact that they can see my hands when I move the materials around and a few who keep trying to put their hands under it, but for the most part it made for much better math lessons, which makes me really happy :0)
I have class tonight and I am hopeful I remembered to do all of my homework! So much to think about, so much to remember!