Welcome back from the holiday! Hopefully lots of fun was had along with some much needed relaxation. Your children have been truly engaged this week as they participated in familiar activities and discussions as well as some unfamiliar.
K1C experimented in our first ‘mindfulness’ activity this week. Mindfulness is an awareness of the body both inside and outside. This activity ties very closely with our current Who We Are unit as we become more in-tune with social, emotional and behavioral expectations.
The first thing the children learned was to sit in a circle and listen to the singing bowl. The sound of a singing bowl after tapped by a wooden mallet lasts a long time. This is giving the children the experience of listening to a sound and identifying when they can no longer hear that particular sound.
We then learned how to breath together. Our hands are clasped to our hearts and we are filling our whole bodies with the air we inhale through our nose and exhaling all the way from our toes.
K1C has also begun to learn sign language as a way to be peaceful in our community. ‘Thank you’ was the first word learned this week. If you have time, ask your child about this. I will let you know additional words as the weeks go on.
As we continue with our unit personal choices affect ourselves and the community, we will begin creating classroom agreements next week that we can refer to often and add to as we go. This will help to guide choices the children make in the classroom and on the playground.
As we inquire further into how we are connected to our community, we visited our buddies yesterday in their grade 3 classroom in the elementary school. They read books with their buddies and then got to play on the ES playground, which the children have been asking to do for weeks. 🙂
We also have been reading books followed by discussions about similarities and differences within families. The children understand that each of their families are special and they are loved.
Ms. Chinh joined our classroom community this week from the ECERP program. This is a program that connects Vietnamese teachers with all teachers here in our ECC. Ms. Chinh will join us for three additional weeks throughout the year.
A new math game called Treasure Hunt was introduced to the children today. This game incorporates counting, one to one correspondence and instant recognition. It’s also a great game to practice social skills and cooperation.
Have a lovely weekend,
Deborah & Thu