Thursday, September 10, 2015

Feeling sweet is better than feeling sour.

Rosh Hashanah is the new year.
We dip our apples in honey to celebrate a sweet new year.
What makes a sweet new year?  How do we help create a sweet new year?

We had a taste test/feeling test to help us better associate and identify our feelings.
We began with lemon.
By the looks on their faces, we could tell the lemon left a very SOUR taste.
Evelyn: Oh this is not good.
Judah: It is very sour.
Maya: The sour makes my tongue feel bad.
Morah Katie: It is sour. Look at your friends faces. Feel the face you are making?
Does the sour lemon taste good? Does it make you feel good?
Ari: NO, I do NOT like the sour. It does not make me feel good.
Morah Katie: What is something that might happen in class that would make you feel this way?
Maybe if someone takes your toy? What if someone doesn't let you play with them?  Those things might cause you to make a sour face.

Our next taste was a brown powder.
Clara: OH Yucky.
Nora: I don't like this.
Morah Katie: How does the bitter cocoa make you feel?
Abram: Not good, I don't like it, I don't like feeling yucky.
Morah Katie:What might happen on the play ground to make you feel like you just ate bitter cocoa?
Judah: Not sharing the bike, pushing.

Our final taste was golden in color.
Judah: HONEY!
Clara: Oh this is good, I like this.
Morah Katie: What can make us feel good like honey?
Abram: Sharing and helping.
Augie: Being nice.
*Most friends do not enjoy the bad feelings we are associating with sour, 
however, there are a few friends
whom simply really enjoy lemons.
Our taste test had an exciting and interesting result, during the day when a friend had hurt feelings they used the word sour to describe how they felt.
It was exciting to see the children attach a very clear sensory experience to their feelings.
These attachments helped the children express how they felt, and it helped their friend who may have acted "sourly" to identity with the feeling as well.
Ari: Evan I was here I got down to wash the honey off my face. I feel sour that you got up here I wasn't done.
Evan: Ok Ari, but you weren't at the sink. You were  done.
Ari: I wasn't and now I feel sour.
Evan: I'll wait til you are done.
Ari: Thank you.

We had a second taste test.  We reminded ourselves of sourness,
but this time we took the sour lemon and dipped it in the honey.
Judah: The honey makes the lemon MUCH better.
Morah Katie: Sometimes things are going to happen that make us feel sad or angry.
 How can we take a sour feeling and make it sweet?
Angie: We can share.
Abram: We can help someone.
Evan: We can ask them to stop.
Judah: We can talk nicely.  
Abram: I can share a helmet with my friend when he is sad. I did that.
 Olivia had built a great big building. 
Abram scooted a little to close to it and knocked it over.
Olivia: Oh No, my building.
Abram: I'm sorry next time I won't crash it. 
Morah Katie: Abram, would you like to offer Olivia help rebuilding it?
Abram: Yeah! That is a good idea. Olivia can I help you build it?
Olivia: Yes, thank you. 
Judah and Maya were playing Zingo.
Maya was interested in playing it one way, and Judah had his own idea of how it should be played.
Soon there was some very loud, frustrated and sour voices to be heard.
 Morah Katie:  Judah, I can tell you are frustrated. What sweet and kind words can you say to Maya?
How can you turn this sourness into sweetness?

Now that we can better describe our upset feelings, we are doing our best to make sweet kind choices.
Sadie is sharing her puzzle with Evelyn.

Judah brought a chair to the table so Asher could join in the play-do fun.
 Evan and Sadie are helping set the snack tables.
Evelyn gave Amelia a flower.
Evelyn: Would you like to go on a walk with me?
Amelia: Yes.
Evan made a teeter totter.
Sadie made a new friend.
Abram made room for Sadie at story time.
Olivia and Asher shared the bubble wrap bee hive craft.
Maya helped Sadie wash her hands.
Asher, Abram and Augie built a "balanced building so it won't collapse." (Abram)
 Olivia helped Evelyn sweep up paper scraps.
As we continue to practice using kind words and thinking of sweet solutions to problems, 
we will spend most of our time feeling as sweet as our apples and honey.

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