Showing posts from April, 2018

Kindness Detectives in Grade 2

In grade 2, we started learning about how to be kindness detectives!

What is a KINDNESS detective? 
A Kindness detective is someone who learns more about kindness and tries to 'spot' the kindness around them. Kindness detectives seek to learn more about why people are kind and ways we can be kind to others.

We start to look at how we treat ourselves kindly. Here are some ways we discussed:

Eating healthy foods. Getting enough sleep. Exercising. Having a growth mindset. Saying kind things to ourselves.  We then practiced saying positive things to ourselves. It can sometimes feel a bit strange to say kind things about yourself or to yourself- so we needed some practice! We used this video below to help us practice. 

Afterwards, we tried to look deeper into ourselves and think about the things we like about ourselves. The students learned that when you treat yourself kindly, it helps you get through difficult or challenging times. 
How are you kind to yourself? 

You can make the world a better place!

In Kindergarten, we read the story 'Miss Rumphius' by Barbara Cooney. In the story, Miss Rumphius has only three goals in life: 1) Travel the world 2) Live by the ocean and 3) Make the world a more beautiful place. She ends up planting beautiful flowers all around her town! We talked about ways in which we can make the world a better place and the students had many creative ideas! Check out some of their ideas below!

"Miss Rumphius' is one of my favorite books to share with students. Children already make the world a better place and it is inspiring to hear their ideas and dreams. How can YOU make the world a better place?

Why do we teach kids about Safe and Unsafe Touch?

At KISJ, we teach our students all about safe and unsafe touches. As children grow and develop, they often express their feelings through touch. For example, when I child feels comfortable or safe with someone, they may hug them or come close to them; if they feel angry, they may try to hit or push. There are many different children at school and they all have different comfort levels with touch. 
By creating a common language around touch, we are showing students safe ways to treat others. It is important to teach children what is considered safe touch and what is considered unsafe touch. This helps them understand the limits and boundaries that other people have and that we have at school. 

Unsafe touch: Any touch to your body that makes you feel uncomfortable, hurt, scared, or confused. Unsafe touches include: hitting, pinching, kicking, pulling, touching without asking, and touching private parts of others. 

Safe touch: Any touch to your body that feels comfortable, safe, and resp…

Glass Castle with Grade 1!

On the Friday before Spring Break, I had the opportunity to join First Grade on their field trip to Glass Castle. Even though Glass Castle is right down the road from KISJ, many students had never been! It was my second time going to Glass Castle and I can say that I had even MORE fun this time around! Check out some of the photos from the day!