Happy Earth Day! We had some fun this week celebrating Earth Day (Tuesday) and identifying things that are helpful to the earth and things that are harmful to the earth. We also spent some time this week talking about Habit #7, Sharpen the Saw! We have a teacher cadet--a high school student who is interested in being a special ed teacher--that joins us 4 mornings a week. She used our 7 Habits of Happy Kids book to create a lesson about sharpening the saw. Our third grade group was lucky enough to have been taught the lesson by her! The other children had to endure it from me. :) We talked about the importance of balancing our lives. The book talks about taking care of your brain (reading), your body (riding bikes), your heart (playing with friends) and your soul (listening to music and watching clouds). I summarized it as "work a little, play a little, rest a little". The timing is perfect because next Wednesday, the whole school is celebrating with a "Sharpen the Saw Day". We are taking an hour to do something fun that we enjoy. Ms. McQuillan and I are hosting a yoga session--taught by one of our students! We are excited for this activity and it was nice to spend some time talking to the students about balancing our lives in preparation for the event! Have an awesome weekend!
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a nice spring break! We spent some time on Monday discussing our breaks--including asking questions to one another. We also reviewed Rock Brain and talked about strategies to defeat him! Then, we met a new Unthinkable--Brain Eater! (No, this is not a horror story about feasting on brains!) Brain Eater distracts people and makes them think about things that are "off topic". This includes looking at images or movies in your head. We talked about the strategies that we may use to defeat Brain Eater--these include: noticing when you are distracted and refocusing, using tools to keep your hands busy and removing things that distract you. We'll continue to talk about Brain Eater next week and practice staying focused. Have a great weekend!
We spent a lot of time talking about Rock Brain this week. Rock Brain is an Unthinkable and he makes us get stuck on certain ideas or thoughts. We went back tthrough the story and identied where Rock Brain was taking over and the Superflex strategy that was recommended by Superflex. The strategy that Superflex said to use was "Do my homework first, so maybe mom will be happy and give me video game time later". The kids were amazed to find out that the advice was also Habit #3: Put first things first! It was so cool to see them come to this realization and help them understand that all of these habits and ideas work together! We also watched a video of the book Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus. The kids thought it was so funny because the bird eventually gets upset or "crazy". We talked about how having Rock Brain can make your brain and body feel out of control, just like the Pigeon's. I have attached the video so you can watch it with your kids (or read the book) and have them teach you about Rock Brain! Have an awesome spring break!
Ann Reece is the upper elementary teacher in the ASD program.