As you know, we began our week in a very somber mood. On Monday, after some journaling and a gentle class discussion about Esther and Orly, Ms. Wulbern and I asked the students to make cards for Orly. Even though most of the kids did not seem to know her, they related with either the experience of being in the hospital or just being sick. While I anticipated cute creativity, I did not expect such sensitivity, maturity, and compassion.
With Morah Rivka in Israel this week and next, the students have been working hard with Morah Ilana. On Tuesday, they helped decorate our school’s Sukkah!
This week, we studied some new and important concepts. The first one comes from the book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids by Sean Covey. As a school-wide program, we are introducing these seven habits to our classes, one at a time. This month, we are learning about being proactive. I read aloud the first story from the book, which is called “Bored! Bored! Bored!” During a great class discussion, we learned that everyone needs to take responsibility for their own lives, including making their own FUN! We also talked about doing the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
The second new concept we studied was called an “Ally” lesson. We began by reading aloud the book How Leo Learned to Be King by Marcus Fpister.
We discussed treating others respectfully instead of in a bossy way. We learned that it’s better to be an ally instead of just a bystander.
We worked through a lunchtime scenario and a recess scenario. Then, we did some role playing, where the students were either the bossy one, the targeted one, or the ally!
Mrs. Teitelbaum joined us for one of our three lessons, and we learned a lot of practical information! We would like to thank her for her time.
In Math class, we began Unit 2. The students wrote in the Math Notebooks about number bonds and the part/whole relationship. We worked with number families as we wrote addition and subtraction equations. Next week, we will focus on subtraction and place value.
I can hardly believe all that we accomplished in just two and a half days! Have a wonderful Sukkot!