So..... let's see........ I am on Spring Break this week. We decided not to go anywhere, so I am having a "staycation." We are only a couple of hours away from Chicago, so we spent the weekend in this fun city. We saw "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" at the Cadillac Theater. I LOVE this musical and no matter how many times I see it, I come away wanting to listen to the songs all day! This was also the first time since my son and his wife were married over a year ago that all my kids were together! That made the weekend even more special!
One of my favorite units to teach is "Healthy Me." Little kids are always so interested in how their body works and although, I don't go into HUGE detail, we do have some lively discussions during this unit.
It always happens this time of year..... I think my kiddos start to get tired of each other and because of this, they begin to get a little mean with each other. So, this is the perfect time to have a lesson about kindness and how words hurt.
First, I read "Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" After our discussion of kindness, we talk about hurtful words. Perhaps you already do this; I know this activity has been around for awhile, but it ALWAYS is a wonderful example of the hurtfulness of words.....
Each child was given a paper heart. I use colored copy paper because it crunches up easier than construction paper. Each child holds the heart in their hand. I say a mean word and ask the children to crunch their heart. They look at me questionably because usually I am saying that they must treat their work with respect!
After this discussion, I give each child another paper heart. This time, I say nice words and tell my kids to only crunch their hearts if I say something mean. I do not and they see that nice words keep a heart feeling wonderful. I then give each child some sticker stars and say nice words again. Every time I say a nice word, I tell my kiddos to add a star. They soon find out that nice words make a heart beautiful!
Here are examples of the posters we make after this discussion.....
Lastly, I revised my PETS resource. This is the ONLY product I have in my store with a 3.9 rating... this makes me sad, so I deactivated it and put some thought into how to make a better product. After a few months of thought and work, I am very happy with the final result. If you purchased this resource, please re-download it! I hope you are happy with the changes. I am working on habitat products and I have included PETS as one of them. Pets are an important part of the life of people all over the world and a pet's habitat is the place in which its' owner lives. Perhaps this is a stretch to say that a home is a habitat for a pet, but pets are unique in the fact that they truly are dependent on humans for their survival and one definition of habitat is a place where animals live and adapt for survival.
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