“No one has yet realized the wealth of sympathy, the kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure” -Emma Goldman
Our first two weeks of school have been great! A few children are returning students and they have helped the new students to have a smooth transition into our environment. The new students have adapted rapidly and are enjoying their time in the class.
We have group snack at distance every morning. The children sit together, with distance, but at the same time to enjoy snack. Each child has a basket where they store their own placemats, apron, and water bottles.
The children set up their own table and wait patiently for Ms. Silvia to provide snack. We are eating fresh fruits every day. We make sure they practice a skill when having snack. This month we are practicing the “peeling” skill. The children peel their own orange, cheese stick, or take the leaves off the strawberries. We are happy to provide this opportunity to “prepare” their snack individually.
The children put their dishes in the dish cart and the place mat in the laundry basket when they finish eating.
Grace and Courtesy lessons have been our most practiced exercises these past two weeks. As language skills are increasing, more courtesy lessons need to be given. Grace is a concept also related to movement, it can be defined as “simple elegance or refinement of movement” and courtesy is a concept related to culture, that can be defined as “behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others.”
Grace and Courtesy together helps the child to acquire harmony between the mind and body, so the child might learn how to properly respond to different events in his/her culture. The adults are the role models for the children’s behavior, we need to be very careful in how we act in front of them, how we treat other people when the children are present, and the way we interact with them as they absorb and copy every action we make.
Every human being is born with grace and there’s no need to be perfect to embrace it. It comes from within, and with love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control the adults around them show them grace, and through them they learn its real meaning.
The most practiced Grace and Courtesy lessons in our classroom are the following:
· Greet teachers and friends when entering the classroom
· Say Goodbye! To mom and dad
· Washing their hands with soap and water after going to the bathroom, when coming back from the playground, after wiping off their nose, and before meals & snacks. We encourage hand washing as needed throughout the day.
· Use a peaceful voice and peaceful steps inside the classroom
· Asking for consent before touching their friend and being gentle
· Eat using a fork and spoon
· Sit peacefully while having snack and lunch
· Wait patiently for their turn
· Respect their own bodies as well as their friend’s
At the beginning of the school year, we make a lot of group activities to help children to get to know each other and bond with the teachers. The children have enjoyed group languages lessons, books and singing. They have the opportunity to go to the gym for 30 minutes every day. At the gym they can freely run, jump, and throw balls. They enjoy that movement time so much!
We are very excited to see what this school year will bring!
Ms. Lidia, Ms. Silvia & Ms. Rosario