Nice work students!
I am thrilled to announce that ALL THREE of our classes have earned over 1,000 class points on ClassDojo and will be receiving one extra recess time as a reward! Students will not know when the extra time is coming to it is a nice surprise that they have earned by demonstrating good listening, following directions, being a good friend, etc. etc. This extra time is also a great time for students to practice skills that we learn and discuss in class and for Mrs. Cicchino to work with students during real-life interactions and play.
Nice work students!
Angry Arlene, The Grumpy Red Jellybean visited this week as we focus on anger management. My kindergarten friends know that no feeling is bad...anger is normal and healthy; it's what you do with a feeling that can be good or bad. By the end of these lessons, we hope we’ve given Arlene (and our students) some helpful tips on controlling our anger.
Here is a link to a great article from Scholastic on ways to help your child when they are angry: www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/praise-discipline/anger-management-children
We read Glad Monster, Sad Monster by Ed Emberley & Anne Miranda this week and the kids loved it! A great follow up to our "what makes me happy when I am sad?" projects :)
We will be using ClassDojo in Kindergarten SEL this year for our behavior management system! Unlike the traditional uses in their daily classroom (to share and communicate with parents at home), we will be using it in our class only, as a method to earn points and rewards based on their demonstration of desired skills (i.e. participating, being a good friend, good listening, following directions, working hard, etc.). Because we meet only one time per week, it will take students a long time to earn rewards such as- wear a funny hat, pick a brain break, special pencil, sticker, lunch with Mrs. Cicchino, etc.- so it is used primarily to provide real time feedback for behavior and social skills. The program "gamify's" the process and the kids are already loving it!