Yet another month has flown by! I can hardly believe it! I’m feeling good in my 30th week of pregnancy, and my jury duty got cancelled this week, so I’d say life is pretty great right now. Here are a few quick updates of what the students and I have done this month:
K-2 students addressed the topic of Community Service by learning a big, fancy word: philanthropy. We talked about ways to make the world a better place and what it means to be a philanthropist by giving of your time, your talent, or your treasure. You don’t have to be someone special or powerful to change the world. Each student illustrated one way they are able to make the world a better place.
3-5 students worked on specific stress-management techniques that they may wish to utilize during upcoming standardized testing. We reviewed a deep breathing exercise, worked on physical stretches to use during the mid-test stretch-break, and learned ways to relax our hands and eyes from writing and reading fatigue.
Sickness hit my household this week, so I missed several days of school. Students who were able to meet with me worked on their engineering skills by using KEVA Planks to construct 3-D models based off of 2-D blueprints.
K-3 students had requested that we revisit one of their favorite visual dexterity games, so we worked with Q-Bitz again. It is amazing to watch how quickly students improve their skills at pattern recognition and recreation when working on this activity!
4-5 students completed a fun Cup Stacking Challenge in which they worked on teamwork skills, verbal and nonverbal communication, and problem-solving strategies. If you haven’t heard all about this activity yet, be sure to ask your student. It is both VERY challenging and tons of fun!
February 25-March 1:
*Some students completed the previous week’s activities due to a few interruptions in schedule. Others completed the activities below:
k-3 students read and discussed the book What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick. This book serves as a great conversation starter about what it means to take responsibility, even in the seemingly small details of life.
4-5 students read and discussed the book The Grudge Keeper by Mara Rockliff. In the town of Bonnyripple, one man was responsible for holding onto all of the grudges that the townspeople came up with. Everything changed one day when a windstorm swept through the town, scattering and mixing up all the grudges. In the end, the townspeople realize what is truly important and what should be forgotten. As we look at this overly-literal interpretation of “keeping a grudge,” we are able to discuss emotional well-being and what sorts of emotions are beneficial or harmful to us when we hold onto them for too long.