“Huh” I said still confused about the question I had been asking mum for several weeks. It was a really weird feeling. That is when my mum said that is why you have to exercise all the time.
Then I asked mum, “Can I go to your gym class tomorrow with you?”
Mum replied, “Yes of course”. Then I asked something else that was on my mind.
I asked, “Is being last a problem?”
She whispered back to me, “Not at all, as long as you tried your best”.
Ah so that is why I always come last because I always try my best.
The values we bring into our beautiful class plan this week are excellence and participation. Through participation students learn how to be an active learner, give things a go and share ideas and learn from others. Excellence occurs over time as we perform tasks consistently and well. Students participate in games that require them to help one another, understand each other’s perspectives and ideas and share.
Students practiced a mindful breath and anchor point which is a mindfulness technique which trains the brain to have increased focused attention. This mindfulness tool is especially important when students need to reorient their attention or regulate the nervous system.
Children worked as a team to complete a non-competitive team game. They all had a chance to participate and focus on personal excellence. After the game we discussed what went well and why the game was so fun and well played. Students gave ideas such as, “we listened to each other, we encouraged each other, we followed the game rules.” The students also explored the way in which not being competitive can be a great feeling. It is amazing to see that students are tuning in to the positive advantages of working cooperatively as a team.
Ask your child to tell you about our team games and show you their favourite parts from class! Maybe you can do the mindful breath and anchor point together. Or perhaps you can ask your child to show you some of the poses they have learned in class. It would be great if you could have a go at some poses as well.
I was walking in the park on Sunday and guess what I saw? It was totally weird but also magnificent. It was a giant, stone hand and it looked like it was holding up the tree. I think it was probably made by an artist who sculpted the hand and placed it around the tree trunk. I walked through the park and saw six other pieces of art. I then saw a sign that said, “Art Show this way”. I loved it so much that I think I will bring my family back to the park to share the art with them.
I wake up hearing big ripping noises, it’s still early so I tiptoe outside. I run to the noise at the park. First I see trees thrown away as if they were sticks. But as I come closer I see a big hand. Then all of a sudden a whole giant came out of the ground. I race to the police station and inform the police immediately. They thank me and run off, actually more like walked. Anyway when they were outside they ran off to the giant. Some policemen were crushed but they managed to tie the giant down.
Once there lived a girl called Chara. One day, while hiking with her dad she saw a pretty crystal. It was sparkling and translucent. From that day on Chara always kept it with her. Then, one night she heard screaming coming from outside. She ran outside to see what it was. For some reason she ran straight to one spot in the park and stopped. Suddenly, her hand became a stone, and the crystal became a tree. Now all that you can see is Chara’s hand and the tree. Chara will remain like that forever and it can’t be fixed!
The Brave Diver
Hi, I’m Nikki and I am 18 years old and love to dive. Today is my birthday and my parents are taking me and some of my friends to the great barrier reef! Julia Hartl is inspirational to teenagers like me.
I am now in Fiji with my friends Stacey, Liv and Kim who also like to dive. My mum and dad organized a helicopter for us to see where we were going to be diving, from a bird’s eye view. The next day my friends and I were getting ready to dive.
One at a time we each fell backwards off the boat into the water. When we were in the water below the surface we were swimming in circles. Then as I went deeper I saw something shine so I swam down and picked it up. It was a sapphire necklace with small diamonds around it! When my air was starting to run out I went to the surface and showed it to my friends and family. This was clearly the best birthday ever!
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!