Blending sounds to make words when playing sound machine seems to be a hit!
Overreacting is common for children, but as they get older, it becomes important that they learn to manage their emotions and practice flexible thinking. Flexible thinking is when children are able to think about something in a new way. Today we read a book called: My Day Is ruined: A Story For Teaching Flexible Thinking.
In this book we learned 4 Steps To Flexible Thinking:
- Take a deep breath.
- Realize some things are out of your control.
- Change your plan.
- Accept the change.
During our outdoor learning time we have challenged the children to demonstrate how they can be good school family members just like we do inside the classroom. We have been practicing different ways of greeting people throughout our day and we have learned that some greetings are appropriate for friends and family but not for people unknown. This is yet another “hidden rule” in society that some children seem to pick up on and some need explicit teaching! When I come to work and see my teaching partners I may say “Hey, how’s it going?”, but when I see Mr. Illman who is in charge of the school I would probably say “Good Morning!”.
Thinking, problem solving, and accessing resources independently is a skill children growing up will need to have to prepare themselves for the 21st century. Through Guided Exploration the children have been developing these skills while having fun and learning at the same time. Beginning today we will be trying a more focussed attempt at developing these skills. The children will be provided with a question and given time to think about it and come up with a response. The “Think it Through Thursday” questions are designed to be open-ended to allow for different solutions. This helps to build confidence.The questions encourage students to really “think about their thinking” and to explain their answers. When we share our solutions we learn from each other.