Listening is an important skill to develop in children and this week we focus on active listening and honesty. The students practiced listening mindfully by being really still and quiet while they listened to a soothing sound. Students became aware that by continually incorporating active listening, we become more ‘tuned in’ and begin to hear conversations, sounds, feelings and thoughts in a clearer manner. We also become more aware of others as well.
In this lesson students also discussed honesty. They identified reasons why it is important to be honest and how it feels when people are dishonest. Students then practiced being honest independently whilst being an active participant of a game. It was wonderful seeing children recognise that honesty helps us to all enjoy the game!
Ask your child to show you their best active listening tonight at the dinner table or while sharing a story before bed. Your child might do their best to show you they are listening with their eyes and ears during your conversation.
I remember laughter when I think of joke of the week and me winning the award. I remember the whole school laughing in front of me. I felt glad, excited and full of laughter at the same time. I think of the glasses and certificate I got as a reward. I remember the student that tried to say the answer of my joke but they didn’t get it right. I told my dad the joke and he made it better. My joke was ‘Where do you go to get the best meat?’
Answer: New Pork City in the United Steaks of America.
A recent time when I laughed was when my dad pulled a really funny face and I almost wet my pants. Another time was when my friend Zara told me a funny joke about a zebra crossing the road and I almost laughed my head off. Something else that can make me laugh is a funny song or book. Once I had a library book called Duck for a Day and there was a very funny paragraph in it. Also when there is a funny sound such as a pig snorting or a chicken clucking, that also makes me laugh.
This week in Mindfulness in Action, we connected our class plan to the value of respect. How do we show respect to ourselves? How do we show respect to others? How do we show respect to property? We also discussed what mindfulness is, how we can practice being mindful in our lives and how it can benefit us. With breath awareness, students began to notice their body, feelings, sensations and thoughts in a more focused way. Through discussion and activities, students learnt how to calm their minds and bodies to manage their own feelings of excitement anger or worry. What an important skill to have in today’s busy world! Students discovered that mindfulness can create better concentration and focus in all areas of our lives, including the classroom, playground and sports field.
The students learned how to have a ‘mindful body,’ which involves being present, calm and quiet. Ask your child to show or teach you the breathing or ‘mindful bodies’ pose they have learnt in their Life Skills lessons. Encourage the use of these techniques when your son/daughter needs help relaxing or calming down. We know they will be very excited to share what they have learnt with you!
Choose at least one spelling activity of your choice each Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night.
- Highlight the key features in your words.
- Find synonyms for each of your spelling words.
- Look up the definitions of any words you do not know the meaning of.
- Sort your spelling words into categories based on the similarities you can find between them
- Break your spelling word up into syllables.
- Act out your spelling words to make a silent video. See if your classmates can guess the words by watching the video.
- Write each spelling word using a different colour.
- Paint your spelling words using paint and a paintbrush on paper.
- Use a whiteboard or chalkboard to write your words.
- Write your spelling words on flashcards. Then choose one without looking and hold it on your forehead with the word showing. Ask a friend to give you clues to help you guess the word.
- Write and perform a short skit or readers’ theatre that uses all of your spelling words.
- Write your spelling words each on two separate flashcards. Mix them all up and turn them face-down on the table. Play the memory match game with them.
- Go on a word hunt in your spelling words. Can you find any smaller words within your words?
For those of you who would like to get onto your Google Drive hard at home – here are some instructions to help you:
- Go to Google
2) Check to see if someone else is logged in. If they are, they must log out. (Check by looking in the top right hand corner – you can see in this picture that I am logged in because my photo is shown.)
3) Go to add account (you need to do this the first time you log onto the device)
Then you can log in using your email address as the user name and your password (YEAR 4’s-try single digits at the end, if this doesn’t work try doubling the digits at the end)
Now you should have access to your google drive and all of your documents and most importantly your digital portfolio.
If you have trouble let me know.