Pine Class News

December 14

So sorry this update about last week is late. Thanks for reading.

Taking Care of Each Other

Like any complex group of individuals, the Pine Class has put around some negativity of late. This week we focused on empowering children to speak up for what's right - taking care of each other, and taking care of the community.


These norms about caring have always been central to our class' mission and purpose. However, up until this point we've only talked about them in a positive way. This week we talked about the opposite of care - hurt. As adults, we realize it may sound melodramatic in some contexts to say someone "hurt" the class. However, it is the most concrete way we have thought of for children to understand what it means to not "care." As the children grow older we will use more nuanced language.


We brainstormed ways that children could speak up to a peer or to the group if they feel someone is hurting our community.


We are sensitive to everyone's feelings. This includes the feelings of the person who is "hurting" the community. We don't want that person to feel singled out. And if their own feeling of hurt is at the bottom of their hurtful actions, we want to help them work that out. Conversations about this kind of back and forth are the next step in our plan for empowering children to take care of our class' mission and purpose.

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Worm Bin

We've started up our worm bin again and would like collect some newspaper!


Did you know? .... NY TIMES is best because they use soy ink.

Writing

We have worked on the planning stage of the writing process. Most children love to sit down and draft right away. We encourage them to plan so their writing can become more organized. It helps give their writing a shape - what comes first, next, after that. And in nonfiction writing, a plan can be used to think about the purposes of the different sections of a book.
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Draft
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Math

We are learning to count by 10s from other numbers aside from the landmarks (10, 20, 30, etc.)
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Velveteen Rabbit Trip

Thursday, January 2

9 am - 1 pm


209 West 42nd Street


The second grade will travel to the New Victory Theater to see a performance of the Velveteen Rabbit. We would love to have some family members join us for the trip. Please let us know if you are interested.

Observational Drawings