I began the lesson by reading "Sand" by Marie Clay. This book was great when helping students understand the concept of print. My student pointed out the cover of the book, uppercase and lowercase letters, where a sentence starts and where it goes and ends, changes in letters of a word, and many more. My student did a great job noticing when things were wrong such as when the sentence was upside down, or when letters of a word were mixed up. He was able to point out that something was not correct so we worked together to figure out the correct word.
Next, we moved into our lesson. We began by reading the book "Mexico in Colors" by Ann Stalcup. This book is great for recognizing colors and differences between cultures. The student noticed that the buildings in Mexico were a lot more colorful than the buildings we have here. They made connections to last week's lesson about the Mayans such as when they made tortillas and the Mayan ruins. I asked questions before reading such as "Do you think the colors in Mexico are same as the colors we see here? Why". I also asked questions during the reading such as "Do we having colorful building such as these in our town? Where might have you seen some before?" And finally we asked questions after finishing the book such as "How many different colors did this book talk about?" and "What objects do you see in our culture that are the same colors?" Then, we were running out of time, so we moved onto the ABC book.
Like I mentioned in my previous blogs, my students loves working on the ABC book so he was excited to get working on it again. We were short on time so we were only able to finish one more page. Since we did the page for "A" last week, we worked on "B" this week. He wrote a capital and lowercase "Bb". Then I told him to thing of an object that starts with a "B" that he could draw to help him. He chose to draw a picture of a ball. Then, to help even more, he wrote the word "Ball" under his drawing so he could remember what he drew and that it starts with the letter B.
For the ABC book, it is supposed to be based off of our thematic unit which is "Mexican Heritage", however he was having a hard time thinking of objects and words he can draw that reflect Mexican Heritage so we are keeping it simple for now and plan to further our knowledge about the Mexican culture so he can incorporate it into his ABC book.
Overall the lesson was really fun! My student behaved better this week with only one minor slip-up that was quickly corrected. He kept interrupting during the reading portion of the lesson, so I told him he needed to sit still and focus so we could move on and he got upset with me and hid his face in the bean bad and did not talk or listed for about 2 minutes. I decided to not acknowledge it and continue with the reading. After a short while he noticed that I wasn't going to acknowledge his behavior and he sat back up in the chair and began to cooperate again. I was glad he did not throw a tantrum or run away like last week and was able to correct his behavior so we could move on. I want to continue to get to know my student better and continue to create a schedule for him so he gets used to a routine, this way the lesson goes more smoothly and he continues to have good behavior!