A Peek at Our Week
December 11, 2015
Heartfulness is the practice of intentionally nurturing positive mind states such as kindness, generosity and compassion in relationship to ourselves and others. To begin experiencing heartfulness, we began with sending kind thoughts to someone we see everyday who makes us happy when we see them. We imagined that person with a big smile on his or her face, being strong and healthy and surrounded by peace and calm. We then filled our hearts with kindness, so full that it was about to burst! Taking all that kindness we sent our thoughts of kindness out together..."May you be healthy and strong. May you be happy. May you be peaceful." Then, silently to ourselves we let any other kind wishes flow from our heart to theirs. Afterwards, we noticed that all those kind thoughts made us feel really good!
We also practiced sending those same kind thoughts to ourselves. That felt REALLY good! So did the self-hug! This is a tool we can use anytime when we want to feel good or when we are not feeling so great. Here are some other ways heartfulness can be cultivated:
- Send friendly wishes to someone.
- I am grateful for _______.
- Notice the experience of generosity – what does it feel like to help someone?
- Reinforce how good we feel inside when being kind, generous, or compassionate to others. Examples: heart feels warm, tingly feeling, floating.
- Weave language that builds understanding and kindness into each day, for example, “I’m noticing the expression on Hope's face. She looks sad. What can we do to help her feel better?”
Hang Ten or Twenty
Your goal is to get as close to ten (or twenty) without going over by taking one card at a time. It's up to you when to stop! Risky business!!
Roll three dice and notice if there is a double, triple, adds to ten, or all singles.
Adding up three numbers with a twist! You can only use one of each number and each line must add up to the required amount (12, 23...). Shhh....some serious logic happening here!
Hang Ten or Twenty
We are such incredible and prolific writers...there is just never enough time to share all the stories that have been written lately! We have stories about Bengal tigers, epic summer trips, Minecraft, what we want for Christmas, our classroom stuffies and so much more!
I can't wait for you to hear their latest pieces at Portfolio Share! We have been working really hard to add details to extend our stories and help them make sense while giving the reader a FULL picture of what is happening in our stories. And, elaborating and adding descriptions have also brought even more life to our sentences.
"Flip the Sound" is a wonderful strategy for all readers trying to figure out how to sound out a word. It is especially handy when some of us may not know what phonic rules to apply. We are familiar with most the sounds a vowel can make - the short (baby) and long (grown-up). So, when we sound out a word like "cake" we might try "c-a-k" if we are not familiar with the magic of e. We will notice that it does not sound like a word! This is a great time to try flipping the sound to the other sound "a" makes (the long sound). Now, we can hear it as cake! It is a great strategy for all reading levels from those reading words like"cake" to "creative."
In handwriting, Magic C taught us d. "Make a c, up like a helicopter, keep going, back down, bump."
Phonics groups are working on...
- Word families with soft c (clarence) _ace, _ice and "u" with magic e.
- _ing family. Did you know that _ng are very zealous baby sitters? They think baby i is one of the most adorable babies and they LOVE to pick it up, squeeze it (it's just SO cute!!). This makes the little baby i super excited and say "eeee" making the "ing" sound we are all familiar with.
We had a few apples that had a very tough day! It's a good thing we all knew how to apply the appropriate first aid. Poor little guys! Luckily, they were in very caring and capable hands. Ask you child how to take care of a splinter, cut, bruise or scrap. Or, what to do for a nose bleed.
- January 8th - Laurel, Olivia
- January 15th - Addy, Sam
- January 22nd - Olivia, Oliver
- January 29th - Gillian, Kaitlyn
- December 16th - Board Meeting
- December 18th - Portfolio Share - 9:15
December 21st-January 1st - Winter Break - No School
January 6th - Parent meeting
January 18th - MLK Jr. Day - No School
January 20th - Board Meeting
January 23rd - Alternative School Fair
There are couple of big, fun field trips planned for this Spring! If you would like to join us, sign up on the clipboard in the office.
Also, if you would like to sign up to bring an ingredient for a food project next week, please click on the link below. It is a new online sign-up we are trying out!