Thursday, 2 February 2017

Whanau Meetings

Thank you for the wonderful Whanau meetings. I was blown away by the creativity, enthusiasm and energy the children brought with them, and am certain our learning journey this year is going to be an exciting one!

Over the next few weeks we are going to be creating our class community and establishing the routines that will carry us through the year successfully. The children will play games that allow them to develop trust and respect for their new classmates and help create a positive classroom culture.

One important concept we will be learning about comes from the book 'Have you Filled a Bucket Today?' By Carol McCloud. The concept of the book is that each of us has an invisible bucket inside us. It is constantly emptied or filled, depending on what others say or do to us. When our bucket is full, we feel great. When it is empty, we feel awful. Each of us also has an invisible dipper. When we use that dipper to fill other people's buckets, by saying or doing things to increase their positive emotions, we also fill our own bucket. When we use that dipper to dip from other people's buckets by saying or doing things that decrease positive emotions, we diminish ourselves too. The children are making their own buckets and will have the chance to recognise when they input positively into the lives of those around them and both fill, or dip into the buckets they have made accordingly.

Please note:

  • Our swimming days this term are Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • If you opted to take home your consent forms to sign, please return to me 
  • If you have any old shirts or t-shirts, please could we have them for use as art shirts 
  • If your child would like to share news for oral language they are welcome to bring things in on Mondays and Thursdays. No toys please. From time to time I will however, announce a special toy sharing day to allow the children to bring a toy from home

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