September we went into all of the classrooms and taught a lesson on
RESPECT. Respect means to treat others the way you want to be treated.
Our students learned that there are 4 different types of respect : self
respect, respect for authority, respect for others, and respect for
property. We talked about ways our boys and girls could show respect for
themselves, their classmates and friends, their parents and teachers,
and property. We hope that our students learned and will always remember the importance of treating others the way you want to be treated. We also watched a fun video called the Respect Rap. If you would like to watch it, you may find it here:
celebrated Red Ribbon Week in October. In our classroom guidance
lessons this month, we talked about the importance of staying drug free.
We also talked about the importance of encouraging others to be drug
free as well. All of our students made a card for a 9th grade student at
Palatka High School encouraging them to be drug free. We know these
high school students will enjoy reading the cards our students made for
month we learned about Random Acts of Kindness. Random Acts of Kindness
(RAKs) is when we go beyond what is expected of us to reach out and
help someone else. We watched videos of people performing RAKs. Our
students were challenged to practice RAKs and to write it on a heart
that will be displayed on our bulletin board. We hope that our school
will perform many RAKs and it will spread out into our community,
because as we learned "Kindness is Contagious!".
In February, our kindergarten, first and second graders talked about friendship. We read the book Enemy Pie
and then we discussed qualities of good friends. We made our own
"Friendship Pie" using some of these good qualities as our ingredients.
We learned about how our enemies can actually becoming our friends.
our third, fourth and fifth grade classes we learned appropriate ways
to handle our anger. We learned to recognize the signs our bodies give
us when we are angry-our heart starts beating fast, we get hot, we may
clinch our fists, our face might get red, etc. We learned that it is ok
to be angry, but we must learn appropriate ways to manage that anger.
Some things that we can do are to practice bubble breathing (or deep
breathing), close our eyes and count to 10, draw or write, talk to
someone, squeeze a stress ball, or go to our happy place, etc. Students
were then able to write down their favorite strategies on a ring of
cards that they could keep with them to remind them what to do next time
they got angry.