Our Thanksgiving Tree
This week Division 8 made a “thankful” tree for everyone to see on our hallway bulletin board. On each leaf we wrote what we were thankful for. Some of our thoughts included family, the earth, friends, food, health, and many more. We also sent home our second Friday Letter. Thank you so much for your thoughtful responses! They meant a lot to us!
Since September we have been working hard on setting up our classroom community and getting to know each other.
We have learned that is important to listen with our whole body and to follow classroom expectations.
In Social Studies we are learning about our rights and responsibilities in the classroom. In language arts we are working hard on writing a summary and learning how to pick a “just right book.” After Thanksgiving we will start our Owl unit.
You should have received your first Friday Letter this weekend. Your child will be writing you a letter every Friday telling you what they did during the week. We start off writing them altogether, and eventually, your child will be writing their letter independently. Please write a short note back…they get really excited to see your response!
We have 3 math groups this year. Your child is either in my group, Ms. Jacome, or Ms. Jameson’s group. My group is working on graphs, Ms. Jacome is working on patterns, and Ms. Jameson is working on addition and subtraction problems. Ask your child which math group they are in!
I am really excited to be working with your children this year. Together, we can make this an amazing learning experience! Thank you in advance for all of your support.
Ms. Allen 🙂
Welcome Ms. Lee and Mr. Adams! Ms. Lee is a teacher candidate from SFU who is doing her short practicum in our classroom. Mr. Adams is an educational assistant who works with us from 12 – 3:00 every day. They are both a great addition to our already wonderful classroom community. Please feel free to stop by and say hello….
We have started the MindUP program in our class (published by Scholastic, 2011). MindUP is a classroom-based social emotional learning (SEL) program designed to enhance a child’s self-awareness, social awareness, focussed attention, self regulation, problem solving, pro-social behaviours (helping, sharing and cooperating) and positive human qualities such as happiness, optimism and altruism.
MindUP was created to help children understand the ways their minds work, how their thoughts and feelings affect their behaviour. It has four goals:
- to foster mindful focussed awareness
- to increase positive human qualities such as empathy, perspective-taking
- to increase optimism and well-being
- to foster a cohesive, caring classroom climate
The MindUP program is informed by the latest scientific research in the fields of cognitive neuroscience, social emotional learning and postive psychology.
Through a serives of simple lessons, students learn strategies to calm their minds, focus their attention and become more aware of themselves, others and their environment. Each lesson also teaches students about their brain and how they can positively influence their own brain development.
If you would like to learn more about the research around social emotional learning please visit www.casel.org. If you have further questions about the program or would like more information, please feel free to contact me.
Halloween activities in the gym
We had lots of fun last week with our Halloween activities. We started with a pumpkin investigation where we estimated and counted the number of seeds and lines on a pumpkin and brainstormed lots of great describing words. We conducted an experiment where we put our pumpkin in water to see if it would sink or float. Did you know, that no matter how big, pumpkins float? Can you guess why?
- Why do you think that pumpkins float?
- Pumpkin investigation
I hope that everyone had an amazing summer full of fun and relaxation. I had a busy summer with friends and family, and like every year, can’t believe that the school year is upon us!
Our first day back is Tuesday, September 4th from 9:00 to 9:45 in our last years classroom. Parents are invited to go to the Community Room for coffee. I am excited to see everyone and to hear all about your summer adventures! Love,
Ms. Allen 🙂