This week, we continued on with our theme that we are all different and because of this we can learn from each other. We explored how we all have different opinions, tastes, stories, experiences and strategies to face hard feelings. We talked about how we need to respect each others differences.
On Orange Shirt Day, students learned about a little girl Phyllis who attended a residential school. She was so proud to wear her new orange shirt on her first day of school but when she arrived, she was told how they all needed to dress the same and her individual voice did not matter. The students spoke up and made connections that this was not kind because we all need to learn from each other's differences. We made self-portraits to show that each child and their individual voices matter.
Students also learned about their primary and secondary colours when we painted rocks orange. We had a scavenger hunt to find primary colours in the yard (red, yellow and blue) and secondary colours in the yard (green, violet and orange). We used our knowledge of the primary and secondary colours mix orange for our rocks. We then wrote on them, "I Matter". Students were also encouraged to use these as worry rocks at home as we have our ladybug worry rocks in class.
This week, we also learned about another strategy to deal with our individual worries. We read the book Ruby finds a worry. This book taught us that just by telling someone our worry, it helps the worry to get smaller and go away. We made worry dolls in class. Our classroom fairy brought us the supplies and told us the fairies we made would have magical powers. Felicity the Fairy said that when we whispered our worries to our dolls that they would get smaller.
This week, students also learned that we all have different things that bother us and what we can do if someone is "bugging" us. As a playful activity, we made bugs out of items from nature. We learned the classroom script we could use when someone does something to bother or bug us. The students learned to put their hands on their hips in a confident way and say, "I don't like that. It makes me sad and mad and I want you to STOP!" The students also learned to draw bugs on Kids Art Hub.
Another wonderful book we read this week was Carla's Sandwich. This book taught us that we all like to eat different foods and all have different tastes. The student designed a specialty sandwich based on what they like to eat. As an outdoor activity, they created a mud kitchen in our kindie yard and made different food creations! As a math activity we also learned about measurement, fractions and capacity as we prepared sand playdough together.
We were so proud of our hard working students this week and look forward to another amazing week ahead!