I really love this time of year...the leaves are changing colours, the weather is cool but not freezing (yet!) and...most importantly...my students are *finally* on a routine that they are able to follow and understand on their own. Yah!
I also love this time of year because our class gets to focus on being peacemakers. Teaching about why we remember those that fought for us in the wars past and present is always difficult in kindergarten. Mentioning the word "war" usually brings on lots of questions and sometimes emotions so strong for some kids that I would rather focus on how we can act kindly towards one another. So when my teaching partner, Mrs. Angelucci (did I mention before that this is her first year in Kindergarten - she was a grade 1 teacher for years - and she is phenomenal!) found this amazing book to read with the kids I jumped right on it.
I *LOVE* this book!
It's so perfect for my kiddies! The story is all about how the students in Miss Fox's class try to be peacemakers for Peace Week. We brainstormed in our class how we can be peacemakers and decided that starting Monday it will be "Peace Week" in our class too!
I can't wait - I really hope that this will allow the kids to see that tattle-tailing and name calling are things we really don't need to do!
Tomorrow is Remembrance Day and the class has been busy this week preparing a cute dove craft to hang outside our door.
I will let you know how Peace Week goes next week!