Charlie: I’m so lucky! I have so many messages!
This week we talked about many different ways you can show people you love and care about them. Sometimes it can be with candy or a card, but it can also be spending time with someone, sharing a story, or being kind. Our books this weeks are focused on friendship, kindness and love. “Be Kind” by Pat Zietlow Miller and “Zen Shorts” by Jon J much were the favorites of today. “Be Kind” illustrates the way kindness can have a ripple effect and even a small gesture can have a huge impact. “Zen Shorts” led to a lengthy conversation, the children were most interested in a story about being kind, even if someone is not being kind to you. Maybe someone doesn't know how to be kind and need someone to show them how.
The children loved sharing their valentines with each other this morning and a whole new wave of excitement came when they found valentines in their mailboxes from their KW friends. Friends continued to make valentines for each other, teachers and friends in other classes.
Slowing Down and Looking Up:
Asking children to stop playing so they can lay down and look at something is not an easy sell. We asked the children to look at the trees and share what they notice. Slowly at first, and then all at once, the children began calling out: branches, cherry things, lines and questions. Some children thought it would be boring, and we let them be bored, but when they heard the excitement they wanted to be a part of it. Sometimes, creativity or curiosity hits after you settle into being bored. We would like to incorporate more of this laying around into our days because it helps us slow down, notice and appreciate what is around us and who we are with.
Elle: I notice on one side there are less branches and theres more on the other branch. I notice some trees here have a lot of branches cut off cause they might fall down on somebody.
Margaret: I notice there are leaves on the trunk. Maybe when the wind blew it away (onto the truck).
Jossie: Why is the Willow weeping?
Austin found a pen and began tracing the paths of the branches. Elle, Grace and Jessica found twigs and decided to trace branches too. Austin noticed a long branch that crosses the whole playground and almost touches Hugh's house.
by Lisa & Rachael
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