• Good morning parents!
    Blessings on this cool, cloudy Autumn day!  I hope you all enjoy this weather as we prepare for quite the warm up toward the middle of the week!  Hopefully it will cool down a bit for the JOG A THON which is this FRIDAY!!!!!  Have you looked at the fund raising board??????  If not, you should CHECK IT OUT!!!!!  That's all I will say!!!!  
    Gateway to Art on Thursday was AWESOME!  The children loved every minute!  The pictures were incredible!!! 
    Has your child mentioned the K-4 TALENT SHOW????  Well, WEDNESDAY is the last day to sign up!!! 
    I would like to give you a snap shot of how our day begins in 2nd grade!  The bell rings, I collect the students, we unpack and get ready to start!  I begin with, "good morning 2nd grade, God Bless you!" They respond in a similar fashion, then we begin discussing day, date, and I continue with my name and MOOD COLOR!  (I basically take the temperature of the room, see how each student is feeling at the beginning of the day.)  This is a critical step in the RULER program so that I can understand where each child is coming from and hopefully engage each student from where they are on the mood meter!  So, how about a mini-lesson on RULER: 
    R ecognize emotions – build awareness of emotions both our own and others
    U nderstand emotions – develop knowledge of the causes and consequences of emotions
    L abel emotions – extend our vocabulary to describe our emotions
    E xpress emotions – learn how to express emotions accurately and appropriately
    R egulate emotions – develop strategies to handle emotions effectively
    When students are able to use their words to accurately describe their emotions, they are building awareness which then helps them handle emotions effectively!
    A little more on the mood meter and its colors:
    Mood Meter
    Learning to identify and label emotions is a critical step toward cultivating emotional intelligence. Using the Mood Meter, students and educators become more mindful of how their emotions change throughout the day and how their emotions in turn affect their actions. They develop the self-awareness they need to inform their choices. Students learn to expand their emotional vocabulary, replacing basic feeling words with more sophisticated terms. They graduate from using words like ‘ok’ or ‘fine’ to using words like ‘alienated’ and ‘hopeless,’ or ‘tranquil’ and ‘serene.’ By teaching subtle distinctions between similar feelings, the Mood Meter empowers students and educators to recognize the full scope of their emotional lives and address all feelings more effectively. 
    mood meter
     That's for to this week!  See you all on Friday!

Last Modified on October 16, 2016