Friday, May 24, 2019

I can concentrate

Do you ever find concentrating hard? 

Well, concentration is hard. To concentrate well you need to use many different parts of your body. 

Concentration also needs practise, just like a muscle you train daily.

Do one thing at a time. 

You can't do your homework while you are eating and watching TV at the same time!

Make sure your work-space is clear from clutter. 
This is not a good place to study. 


This is a good place to study. 

Give yourself frequent breaks. 
Use a timer. Take a ten minute break and go back to your work.

Is your HW load too big? Break it down into small tasks. 
Small task, done. Small task, done. Small task, done. 
Soon you will reach your goal.

Give yourself time to sit in silence. 
 
Sit anywhere, with your back straight. 
Choose two of these. 
Notice any smells. 
Notice how your clothes feel. 
Notice the taste inside your mouth. 
Notice the colours and patterns you see when your eyes are closed. 
Listen to the sounds of your body.
Can you feel your heart? Can you hear yourself breathe? 
Breathe in and out slowly. 
Open your eyes. 
Do the same again tomorrow. 



Friday, May 17, 2019

Good Manners

How do you like to be treated? 
Do you like people respecting you? 
Do you like people treating you with kindness? 

Other people would like the same from you too. 
We treat others how we would like to be treated. 
This is The Golden Rule. 

Good manners help us practise The Golden Rule. 

Here are some good manners. 


Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Do not bottle up!

Imagine you are a bottle of cola

Whenever something annoying or bad happens to you,  you are given a shake. 


A friend stops speaking to me - Shake!

I forget to put on my PE kit this morning - Shake!

My grandmother is very sick - Shake!

My dad wants to give our pet dog away - Shake!

I left my homework copybooks at home - Shake!

Dinner is the food I don't like most - Shake!

I accidentally spill a glass of milk on my favourite football t-shirt! - Shake!

The next day, my best friend accidentally hits me. 

BOOM! Explosion!

I scream, yell and cry. 

It was the last straw. 

The bottle of cola exploded. 



That is what usually happens when we bottle up. 

How not to explode? Well, you have to do things to make the bubbles go down after each shake. 

Talk to someone, write about it, do things that calm you down or make you feel happy, fix the problem if you can. 

Whatever you do, do not bottle up. 

Monday, April 29, 2019

You can't always get what you want

Sometimes we ask grown ups to give us something and the answer is NO. 

Our adults have very good reasons why they say NO to us. 

Sometimes it could be because the thing we ask for is too expensive. 

Mum can you buy me a PlayStation 4? 

NO!

Sometimes it could be because the thing is not good for us. 

Mum can you buy me an 18+ computer game? 

NO!

Sometimes it could be because it goes against the values and laws of our society.

Mum can I sit on your lap while you drive? 

No, you can't. 

Sometimes adults explain to us why they say no, and sometimes they don't. 

You can't always get what you want. 
You will not always get what you want. 
You shouldn't always get what you want. 

Being told NO isn't always fun. 

You have to find ways to handle being told NO. 

You can throw a tantrum, yell at the top of your voice and call your grown ups names. Some grown- ups give in to tantrums, but they are not doing you any good by doing so. 
Grown-ups learn self-respect when they say no and mean it. 


Many grown-ups will not give in because they want to raise you as a good person. 
You accept that life is made from being told yes and no for different things, at different times, for different reasons. 
And that's OK.  




Friday, April 19, 2019

Respect

Respect is treating other people the way you would like to be treated. 
Many people in the world call this 'The Golden Rule'.
When teaching respect, it is important to teach children that respect is speaking nicely, listening, being  honest, being responsible, honest, helpful and polite
The most important thing, though, is to model respect

Adults must show respect to each other so that children will know what it feels like to be around people who respect each other. 
Respect is not only shown to other people but also to the environment, animals, other people's property. 
Here is what we do in our respect lesson.


Wednesday, April 17, 2019

The Present

Imagine a puppy teaching you resilience. 
 A disabled boy spends his day playing violent games in a dark room. 
His mother brings him a present. 
Watch the rest here : 


Thoughts from our children:
The little puppy played around and whenever he stumbled he got up again. 
The little puppy did not give up on the boy when he tossed him away. He kept on pursuing him until he gave in. 
The puppy taught the boy a new side to life, being outside in the garden, in the sun, and throwing a ball instead of throwing weapons in a computer game. 
Puppy has three legs, but he still plays around as if he has four. He shows the boy that you can still be happy and live life to the full even if you face difficulties in life. 

Here is the original comic strip on which the animated short was based.  Click on the picture so you can enlarge it. 



Meet Mike

What does a speaker do when they want everybody to listen to them? 
They hold a mike!


Well we don't have just any ordinary mike, we have The Mike. Mike Wazowski. When we hold Mike, everybody stops talking and listens to us. Mike comes to table with us during Circle Time.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Inclusion



Everyone is different.
Some children are short; some are tall.
Some are good at sports; others do great in Maths.
Even twins are not exactly the same.

We only have one thing in common;
Feelings

Treat everyone the same as you want them to treat you. Love everyone, help everyone, respect everyone.



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