Friday, September 21, 2018

Being good friends

We prepared for Yom Kippur this week in a couple of ways.
We began by singing a song about feelings.
The song asks us to show certain feelings on our faces:
Show me happy
Show me sad
Show me silly
Show me mad
Show me tired
Show me shy
Show me scared
Show me surprised
The children have a really good time making the faces.  The "sad" and "mad" faces always cause the most giggles.

We extended this at our tinker table.
We had items out to create different feelings we might have on our face, or that we may see on a friend's face.

We build on the feelings song with another song.
Let's be friends, Let's be friends
Let's share and play, Let's share and play.
I will care for you, you will care for me,
everyday, everyday.

Oops I'm sorry, oops I'm sorry, 
What did I do? What did I do?
I didn't mean to hurt you, I want to make it better.
I made a mistake, I'll fix my mistake.
If my friends see that a friend's face is suddenly looking sad/mad, they know what to do.
If they made a mistake and caused someone to feel bad, they can say: I'm sorry. What can I do to help you feel better? 
If my friend is the one who is feeling bad, he/she can say: I am feeling mad because_______.  Please help me fix this by_________.

In our peaceful classroom, we know there is a lot we are capable of doing and achieving.
We are proud of those things, and we know that when mistakes happen we can fix them.

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