Just a quick update...
Today we started talking about a strategy we can use when someone is bugging us. We can use the DeBug strategies to help solve kid-size problems. These are problems that probably can be solved by the children involved. Today we identified what a kid-size problem is and talked about the first thing they can try. The first step in DeBug is to see if it is a kid-size problem. Then, they can try ignoring. We used the example of someone tapping your back during a lesson on the carpet. It's annoying but maybe if you start out ignoring, the other child will stop. There are additional strategies we will talk about next week. The children are making a booklet with the strategies explained, and they are drawing to show what they could do in different scenarios.
I tried to emphasize to the children that just because it's a kid-size problem doesn't mean grown-ups won't help. We know that learning to be part of a group is a big part of what kindergarten is, and we will always help if it is needed when children are having a problem. We do want them to try and work toward being independent with kid-size problems, but we know it isn't always easy. And what seems like a kid-size problem to us may seem like a bigger problem to children. I also emphasized that if they are hurt by someone else, threatened, or bad language is being used they should get adult help immediately.
In math we started working with story problems. Today we acted some problems out as well as do some problems that already had drawings in the workbook. The back of the page has a big x on it because we were skipping this part.
Have a great weekend!