Love Your Neighbor

Recess is a wonderful time for free play, collaboration, and imagination. I enjoy seeing students work together and make sure no one is left out. Here, students are adding sticks and branches they found to a pre-existing concrete block structure and pretending to have a fire. They discussed what kinds of kindling would be best and decided they shouldn't put in wet sticks, as those are wet and cold, which is the opposite of a hot fire, so they would cause the fire to not burn as well. (The students not pictured were playing on the amphitheater stage, where they love to dance and put on performances.)

Recess is a wonderful time for free play, collaboration, and imagination. I enjoy seeing students work together and make sure no one is left out. Here, students are adding sticks and branches they found to a pre-existing concrete block structure and pretending to have a fire. They discussed what kinds of kindling would be best and decided they shouldn't put in wet sticks, as those are wet and cold, which is the opposite of a hot fire, so they would cause the fire to not burn as well. (The students not pictured were playing on the amphitheater stage, where they love to dance and put on performances.)

This week, our theme is Law #2: “Love your neighbor.” We discussed this morning how Jesus said that this law, and the law from last week, “Love God with everything,” are the two most important laws and that they go together.  We also added a second half to our “I’m Gonna Love God with Everything” song, which talks about loving your neighbor.

 

This is our second week of assessing where students are at, while practicing procedures routines. I’ve been especially happy with how calm our mornings are becoming, as students arrive and sit down to eat their breakfasts, all while chatting happily with their table-mates. Then, I play our “It’s Time to Sit Down” song and 17 wiggly little bodies move to the music, all while finding their way to a letter around our circle. 

 

Everyone is eager to help, so we are starting our classroom helper jobs tomorrow! Students are very excited to see who will be chosen as the line leader, or the delivery person (to deliver the attendance to the office), or the person who gets to take out the trash. We will change jobs every day, as they seem to enjoy the variety and newness of a different job each day at this age.

 

Please encourage your child to try a little bit of everything at school lunch. Incoming kindergarteners often say they don’t like their vegetables, etc., but when they try everything, they often end up liking most of what is served by the end of the year. Lunch is fairly near to the end of the day, so if they are coming home hungry, they likely didn’t eat much of their lunch, even though the lunch supervisors do their best to have them try.

 

I’ve had several students ask me, “When are you going to teach me how to read?” I smile and remind them that I’ve written a lot of words on the board that we’ve spelled out and read together, and then I tell them how glad I am that they are excited to learn how to read. Today, I was able to do some initial reading testing to see where students are at with a simple sight word and a simple decodable word (one you can sound out). Some students said another word that started with the same sound, but most students didn’t know the words and were excited to hear that we’d soon learn how to read them. 

 

We’ve also been copying words off the board and use one of our Primary Journal notebooks as our “Prayer Notebook” that is a visual tracker of each student’s writing abilities as the year progresses. The other notebook is used for all classes and today, students copied the word “Chores” on the lines and then drew as many pictures of chores as they could in the drawing space at the top of the page.

 

I’m excited for another great week with eager learners! Keep checking back, as I’ll post another blog entry in a few days.