Today in class we tried something new using some of the sounds we’ve studied so far this year! Students worked in pairs to try to find as many French words as possible using the following 9 letters. (They cut them out first so they could move them around)
How many words can you find?
On a first pass, my student teacher and I found 27 but we quickly realized we had forgotten so many! Some students even found their names and the longest word found had 6 letters! It was a very loud but exciting activity and this activity gave students the opportunity to manipulate the letters and sounds themselves.
Let me know in the comments how many words you can find!
As promised (to my current parent group)…
Here are the list of current words in students’ sight word wallets. I’ve included in these lists letters that we’ve studied so far as part of our Jolly Phonics program. Students can practice naming both the letter in French as well as the sound it makes.
Over the past few years, I’d heard other teachers mention MindUp in passing and I was always curious about it but I never investigated the program in any detail. When a flyer came into my inbox from the Surrey School District advertising an after school session to learn about the program I was eager to register and attend.
During the session I felt excited knowing that this was something that I felt would benefit my students greatly. So what is MindUp?
MindUp is a series of 15 lessons related to the teaching of social and emotional awareness and psychological well-being. Students first learn about a few key parts of the brain and how they interact to cause states of flight, fright or freeze responses (from our amygdala) A.K.A. “glitter storms” in our brains that make it hard for us to think clearly. In teaching students the core practice of deep “square” breathing, students are empowered with a way to regulate and re-focus themselves when faced with stressful and difficult situations.
As a class we have been practicing the core practice once a day after lunch. We will begin practicing our breathing twice a day after recess and lunch.
I am excited to continue on to the next unit of MindUp which focuses on helping students become more mindful through exploring the senses.
Stay tuned for more updates as we progress through the program!
For more information about the MindUp program you can visit http://mindup.org.
– Jamie Robinson