Monday, January 4, 2010

Week #10 Harmony and St M

This week at St M, we used the hosted CD for Around the Farm 1-2 unit. Bryann assisted me in class while I took three children to the restroom. Bryann still came to class on time and participated even though she wasn't feeling too well physically.

After class, we talked about disciplining with a firm voice, which enforces firm re-direction to their attention. And finally, backing our words up in a gentle way, reassuring them that we still love them, but they must obey the rules.
"The great end of education is to discipline rather than to furnish the mind; to train it to the use of its own powers rather than to fill it with the accumulation of others."
-- Tyron Edwards

Ex "Michael, put the green car in your pocket or give it to me. You have a choice."
(use a firm voice and expect an immediate result)

Ex: "I know you want to play with your car right now, but thank you for putting it in your pocket for safe keeping"
(redirect him and show empathy in your tone of voice, body language and words)

Ex: "Henry did you know I brought some other wonderful instruments to play with?"
(focus on the positive aspect and redirect in that way.)

On Monday, we had fun at Harmony with all of the children. At the end of class, they taught a song they had been learning about Indians and Pilgrams. We ended up creating a circle dance as we sang the words to the new song.

"Learning is finding out what we already know. Doing is demonstrating that you know it. Teaching is reminding others that they know just as well as you. You are all learners, doers, and teachers." -- Richard Bach

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