Week at a Glance
Becky's 2-Year Kindergarten Class...October 14, 2016
This week we explored what it means to be mindful! When we are mindful we're paying attention to what's happening here and now! We were able to connect this to what we've learned about the different regions of the brain. When the amygdala is activated (whether you are in real danger or just perceived danger), our bodies are in a state of reacting automatically...freeze, fight or flight. This type of behavior is not mindful and can be contrasted to our behaviors when our sensory input is perceived by the amygdala as pleasurable (or at least not dangerous). In this case, the sensory input is sent to the prefrontal cortex, for processing. This is the part of our brain that helps us learn and problem solve. While our amygdalas might sometimes over react, it is possible, through mindfulness, to help our "guard dog" remain calm!
We talked about a variety of scenarios and discussed whether they should be labeled as mindful or unmindful behavior. Is it mindful to walk into the street without looking both ways? Is it mindful to include a friend that looks like they're feeling left out? Ask your child if he or she can think of mindful or unmindful scenarios to share!
Several stories were completed this week and the excitement of stapling a finished book seems to be catchy! Seeing the stapler in action has inspired several others to diligently work towards completing books or even to take on the challenge of writing a book that spans several pages!
Red: Beginning sounds B, M
Yellow: Beginning sounds B, M, R, S
Green: Review of beginning consonants
Blue: Spelling inventory to see what skills to focus on
STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics)
October 19: Board Meeting 6:00
Week of October 24 (Mon-Fri): Conferences~1/2 days~pick up at noon Sign-up here!
November 2: Parent Meeting
November 11: Veteran's Day~No school
November 16: Board Meeting
UPCOMING WORKSHOP TEACHERS
October 21: Tessa, Atticus
October 28: Elsie, Lyla
November 18: Tessa
There is a new clip board on the "sign-in" table that has a chart with daily and weekly cleaning chores that will help keep our school clean! If you have a few minutes, feel free to take on a job, or two or three! Thank you to Eric, Sheila and Wendy who have already jumped in! Things are looking great and we teachers really appreciate you!