We were all very excited about these overflowing shoeboxes today!
We have had a great time recording ourselves read on the Raz Kids website and I am hoping that you can have a try at home!
Having an opportunity to listen to a recorded reading is incredibly valuable. It gives me more time to work with students in the classroom and I can replay a recording and listen for strengths and weaknesses.
I have set up an assignment for all the students. If you have the opportunity to log in and let your child do a recording from home, it would be wonderful!
All the students are familiar with doing this together at school. They just need to log in, go to Raz Kids, and choose assignment. When doing the recording, it’s best to let them read independently. If you want to help them out, you can go back to the book after the recording is complete and work through any rough patches together.
Please take a moment and watch this video about Belly Breathing. Focusing on breathing can slow our heart rate, lower blood pressure, and sharpen our focus. It can lessen anxiety by overriding our ‘fight, flight, or freeze’ response. Teaching children to focus on breathing can help them become less ‘reactive’ and more reflective in recognizing when they feel anxious or stressed. The more children practice controlling their breathing, the more their brain develops the habit of responding to anxiety by focusing on breathing. We are learning to belly breathe in class, and you can practice at home as well!
(This information comes from MindUP. You can learn more about MindUP by visiting http://thehawnfoundation.org/mindup/ )
A video for Parents about the MindUP Program:
We are learning about local and global communities in grade 2. To give the students an opportunity to fill the buckets of others, we are collecting small items for two shoeboxes which will be sent to children in need over the Christmas Holiday. We are also collecting change to cover the cost of shipping these care packages. Our goal is to raise $14. Any extra money will be donated to the local food bank.
Suggestions for the Shoebox:
- small toys (uninflated soccer ball, stuffies, dolls, musical instruments, puzzles, jump ropes)
- school supplies (pencils, crayons, markers, notebooks, colouring books, etc)
- non-liquid hygiene items (toothbrushes, bar of soap, washcloth, hair clips, combs)
- Drawings and Personal Notes
Do Not Include:
- used items
- beakable items
- Items that could melt, leak or freeze
- weapons or war related toys
We will be sending our Shoebox on Wednesday, November 18th.