Jackson is lucky to be piloting the SEL (Social Emotional Learning) program this year and the children seem to really love it. One aspect of SEL is the Community Gathering, or morning meeting. There are three main components to the Community Gathering: greeting, sharing and activity. Here's a picture of the students during our sharing time today. They were partnered with their "elbow buddy" to discuss what they have most enjoyed about our first IB unit. We've talked a lot about making eye contact with your partner, what it means to be a good listener and how to effectively communicate your ideas.
Next week, I'll be adding the Second STEP program to our Community Gatherings. Here's a letter that explains the program. I'm excited to see the impact the lessons will have on the children!
We've been busy the last two weeks learning all about healthy eating and the different food groups. Hopefully, you've noticed your child making some smart choices about food. We've been discussing a "Balanced Plate" and what that should look like for first graders. In case you're wondering yourself, click on this link:
Here are some of our own balanced plates! The children worked hard to sort the foods into the correct food groups. To learn all about the different food groups, we've been reading through and completing our balanced plate books.
We also started Work Board this week! During Work Board, the students complete reading and writing activities in small groups while I'm leading guided reading groups. I like to spend at least 1 hour each day reading to small groups of students (2-3 at a time) so it's important for the other children to be engaged in meaningful learning.
We also celebrated Spencer's 15 minutes of fame this week with some science experiments. The children had a BLAST seeing soap expand in the microwave and making their own flubber.