Happy Friday! Even though we had a short week, it was packed with excitement! It was great to see some sun-kissed faces on Tuesday! I love hearing about the kids playing outside! On Tuesday, we attended an assembly about the summer reading program at the White Lake Library. I realize not all of our students reside in White Lake, but I strongly encourage you to sign up for the summer reading program at your local library (Milford and Highland have programs too). It's a great way to build structure and reading into your summer! Check it out! On Thursday, we began working on our Father's Day project. This will take several days, but we are off to a good start. On Friday, we enjoyed a game day. Enjoy this beautiful weekend! I plan on it!
This week, we spent some time talking about "erupting" like a volcano when we have something important to say. We read this book My Mouth is a Volcano. We also read Interrupting Chicken, a book about the same topic, only portrayed in a humorous way. On Thursday, we learned about another Unthinkinable in the Superflex program named Body Snatcher. Body Snatcher makes people walk away or turn away from a group or a conversation. We practiced ways to defeat Body Snatcher. We learned how to take hints from our eyes--if they are looking at something else, Body Snatcher may be in our brain. We also learned to use referencing self talk like "Where should my body be?" The kids' favorite strategy to defeat Body Snatcher was to use "laser shoulders" and keep them pointed at the group or the speaker. We also had some game time to balance out of the assessments we have been doing. Enjoy the weather this weekend!
We began our week with some follow up activities about Habit #6--Synergize. We watched some videos of commercials and some clips of movies we love and discussed how the characters were synergizing, or working together, and what they accomplished together. We also read/watched Seven Blind Mice and discussed how they synergized to solve a problem. On Tuesday, we read My Mouth is a Volcano, a book about "erupting" when other people are talking. Later in the week, we read Squirrel's New Year's Resolution and made these beautiful pictures about making a plan vs. wishing for things to happen. We enjoyed a game day to synergize and have fun together. I have included some of the videos we watched so that you can watch and discuss them at home if you would like. Have a great weekend! We're almost out of weeks in our year!
Happy Mother's Day Moms! I hope your families spoil you this weekend! We had a busy week at school! I spent Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 5th grade camp at Camp Ohiyesa in Holly. We had a great time playing in the rain, sun and wind! Mrs. S. (one of our beloved guest teachers) did a great job holding down the fort, along with our amazing staff! This week, in social skills groups, we did some projects for Mother's Day. Hopefully you received and enjoyed those crafts as they came home! The third and fourth grade students also learned about Habit #6, Synergize and spent some time working together to complete some tasks and games. On Friday, they enjoyed a game day to sharpen our saws and our social skills. Next week, we will continue to move forward with our spring assessments, as well as more social skills opportunities. Have a wonderful weekend in this beautiful weather!
This week, we spent a lot of time talking about Sharpening the Saw. We had our Sharpen the Saw day on Wednesday and the children were able to choose activities to sign up for. We were excited to host "Yoga with Owen". He did a great job leading a group of students through deep breathing and yoga poses. Other students signed up for Legos, Board Games and Drawing classes. This week, we also discussed that sharpening the saw isn't just playing. We talked about balancing our Body, Mind, Heart and Soul. The children created a chart (similar to the one in the picture, although that's from the Franklin Covey website) and listed activities they could do for each area of their life. We rounded out the week with a game day and the beginning of our Mother's Day crafts.
As we get into assessment season (the entire month of May), students will be assessed in many areas and some of our instructional or social skills time may have to be devoted to completing these tests. We will do our best to "balance" our day!
Ann Reece is the upper elementary teacher in the ASD program.