A Peek at Our Week
January 15, 2016
The Heart of a Hero
We decided that we can all be heroes! Every day we choose how are in the world with the way we speak, how we treat others and the things we do. From holding the door open for the person behind us, to inviting a friend who looks lonely to play, to standing up for someone who is being treated unfairly, to recycling a piece of paper, to saving a bumble bee from a puddle, these are all heroic deeds. In small and great ways, we can act from a caring heart to help others, animals and the environment and not expect a reward.
Others practiced adding coins past a dollar and even doing some multiplying to help them figure out different orders from a menu.
We all had fun being shirt designers! We were each given an amount we could spend and with our own price lists (smaller or bigger numbers depending on the learner) in hand we could buy different items to put on a shirt. Background color? 20 cents (or 43 cents). Stripes? 2 for 15 cents (or 2 for 27 cents). We loved our shirt creations!
Did you know writing gives you super powers?? It does! It gives you the amazing powers to persuade, share experiences and memories, express ideas and communicate, entertain, inform and teach and ask questions. What amazing power writing holds!! We really love using our writing powers!
"Try a Word" is a wonderful strategy when a word really stumps us. Looking at the beginning sound, thinking about what we are reading and the context and even looking at the pictures can help us come up with a word to try out. Maybe it makes sense, maybe it doesn't. If it does, we are probably on the right track, especially if it continues to make sense as we read on. If not, try again while looking at the sounds or pictures to give us more clues.
This week during our typical word work time, we worked on writing our own thoughts and opinions about the visiting heroes we had this week. This has been great practice formulating our thinking into organized sentences and writing. We are following our "sandwich" writing with a topic sentences, some delicious details and a conclusion with our feelings or opinions.
Meet the Heroes
Janie brought in a CPR "Annie" to demonstrate how she performed CPR and then we all gave a go at giving the compressions. It is hard work! Most of us are not quite strong enough but one day we will be and I bet there will be several CPR card carrying community members among us.
We loved hearing her story and learning when someone is trained in CPR they then have a life-saving skill that can be used when needed with friends, families and folks they do not even know! What a great community service!
Dr. Luke Hansen
We took a look at different x-rays and tried identifying the problems. He also showed us how to put on a splint on a few eager volunteers. It was such a great visit! Thank you so much for the work you do to help others and the sacrifices it takes to help others anytime of day or year!
Raul and Jayce - Quixote Village
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
We began exploring the core principals and beliefs that guided MLK's work - LOVE, COURAGE and PEACE. We will explore more when we return next week. Learning more about MLK jr. has brought about interest in other heroes throughout history. The children insisted I read one of the books about Susan B. Anthony while they ate snack to hear more about the times when women did not have the rights they do now. Hearing about the passion, dedication, courage and belief each of these heroes had in their cause is so inspiring! We are very thankful they stood up to make a difference to change the world for the better.
There is still time to register with Stream Team to help with tree planting, mulching, etc. What a great way to honor MLK and his belief in community service. Hope to see some of you there! I will be there on the 18th!
January 16th - Tree planting
January 18th - Tree planting
- January 18th - MLK Jr. Day - No School
January 20th - Board Meeting
January 23rd - Alternative School Fair
- February 3rd - I.talia Fundraiser
- February 6th - Alternative School Fair
- February 10th - Board Meeting
- February 11th - Heart Talk/Open House
February 12th - 1/2 Day - Valentine's Day Celebration!
February 15th-19th - Mid-Winter Break - No School