- Last week, students learned about Remembrance Day, the symbolism of poppies, and the sacrifice of soldiers to protect the peace. We re-read the story “Four feet, two sandals” to consider war & peace in a current setting through the eyes of children. We also reflected on what Peace feels like after reading the book “What does Peace feel like?” By Vladimir Radunsky
- In our study of real bears, students have had the chance to “research” information about bears based on their own wonderings. After we compiled what students already know about bears, we created questions we had about bears then took to non-fiction books to discover facts. Students were given opportunity to share their learning by writing, drawing or speaking. The collection of learning is posted in the classroom above the pretend kitchen.
- As students discovered the changing weather, they noticed some interesting “seed pods” at the playground. Last week, they harvested a basketful and we brought it into the classroom. We recorded our observations, asked questions and drew pictures of the specimen. During rotations, I showed them my “guess and check” method of looking up information on google (which many students could identify! ) to discover that their discovery certainly is a seed pod from a sweet gum tree. Next week, we are planning to plant the seed pods to see what will happen…. stay tuned!
Social, emotional, spiritual…
- Students were introduced to the next chapel theme: Words. They saw more object lesson/experiments today teaching the principle that our actions show what our words express; actions and words ought to match the love that God gives us.
- We read stories a first nations story about how the feeling of safety and security is a gift that we can give to others and take away from others. This story lines up with the lessons learned in chapel today. Students also were reminded of appropriate reactions when expressing anger or upset including: walking away, using words to say ‘I’m mad’, stomping feet, talking to an adult.
- This week, we began a little bit of critical and social thinking on the topic of speaking other languages. I presented the fact that it is awesome that kids can speak multiple languages, that knowing another language is good. But the challenge is that our classroom is a place where everyone should feel included and safe, so how can we as class community navigate the path of speaking other languages while ensuring others are included and safe? It’s a big question, one that will take time for us to experience, reflect and practice.
- Next week, I will send up a sign-up genius for our Teddy Bear Picnic Potluck. The event is an in school event on November 27th. It is for lunch food but if you feel like your child won’t be interested in the potluck items, feel free to send him/her a lunch that day as normal.
- Next Friday, November 23rd is a Pro-D day. There is no school for students.
- Safety in travel as there are still many families in our class that are away.
- Excellent insight and time management as teachers prepare report cards.
- Continual deep learning as the students live and learn alongside one another.