We had a wonderful week together in room 127. Our theme this week was examining how we are all different and how this enables us to learn from one another. Our day we used drama games to act out different things we were good at. We played a game, "Guess What I am Good At?" where students had to act out something they were proud of and the other students had to guess what it was. As our art activity that day students drew self-portraits of themselves and wrote what they were good at underneath.
We also looked at our different names this week. Students created beautiful name tags from objects found in nature and other craft materials. We sorted our names alphabetically, by how many syllables they had and how many letters they had.
When looking at names we read the story about a mouse can Chrysanthemum. This story taught us to be proud of all our different names. After hearing this story, the students learned to draw mice. As a language extension they named their mice.
The students also looked at how we can use our strengths to work together as a team this week. Here, the students worked in groups of three to each add individual items to a terrarium. We saw that when we all added our personal touch to a project we could collectively create something beautiful. We extended the learning here by exploring the needs of plants. We reviewed how to care for our plant it needed soil, sunlight and water.
This week also looked at how we all need different things to find our inner balance. We learned about different breathing techniques we could use to become calm when we are feeling tired, angry, worried or sad. Students wrote about what type of breathing they liked best and taught these techniques to the Junior Kindergarten students. As a fun STEM activity to go with this theme, the student made balance buddies. They learned about weight distribution as they tried to balance their buddies on their hands.
We had such a peaceful week together and the students were so focussed and eager to learn. We were so proud of them and cannot wait for our week ahead!