We have been reading a book called Awesome Autumn. It is an information book because it teaches you about Autumn. One fact that we learned is that insects migrate during Autumn (such as Monarch Butterflies). We also learned about different types of leaves.
We’ve been learning about some addition strategies:
-draw a picture
-counting up (big number first)
-number line addition
We have also been experimenting with shapes. We have been working on Pattern Block puzzles like the turtle and the snake.
Mrs. Scelia told us all about our muscle memory.
Sometimes when we learn to write letters and numbers our muscles write them the wrong way.
STORY – Troy and His Muscle Memory
Mrs. Scelia told us about when Troy was a baby and she kept the laundry basket in his room. He always knew where it was. One day when Troy was 2 Mrs. Scelia moved the laundry basket into the bathroom closet and Troy couldn’t find it. For DAYS and DAYS Troy went into his room and thought the laundry basket was there…but it wasn’t. He had to retrain his brain and muscles to walk to the bathroom.
This is true for us because our muscles have been trained to write some of our numbers and letters backwards. We must RETRAIN our brains and muscles to do it the right way.
A question for our families:
Was there ever a time when YOU had to retrain your brain or muscle memory? Please comment on our post and let us know. We love to hear from our families.
Mrs. Scelia's Fabulous 1st graders