Please take a couple of minutes to read this great article by Michael Grose.
With Two-Way Parent Teacher meetings going on over the next fortnight it is a good time to recommit to developing a quality relationship between home and school.
Every child is relying on this relationship being as fruitful as possible.
This final week of our KINDNESS FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT focus, looks at EMPATHY.
9 Essential Habits of Empathetic Children
Habit 1: Emotional literacy. Teaching emotion literacy as the gateway to empathy so children can recognise and understand the feelings and needs of others in their body language, voice tone or facial expressions.
Habit 2: Moral Identity. Helping children develop ethical codes and caring mindsets so they are more likely to adopt caring values that guide their integrity and activate their empathy to feel with and help others.
Habit 3. Perspective taking. Stretching perspective so children can step into others’ shoes to understand another person’s feelings, thoughts, and viewpoints.
Habit 4. Moral Imagination. Using elevating, emotionally-charged images in literature, film, news and images as a source of inspiration to help children connect with empathy.
Habit 5. Self-Regulation. Helping children learn ways to manage strong emotions and reduce personal distress to keep their empathy open, avoid the Empathy Gap and be more likely empathise and to help others.
Habit 6. Practicing Kindness.Developing and exercising kindness and pro-social behaviours to increase children’s concern about the welfare and feelings of others and enhance the likelihood that they will step in to help, support or comfort others.
Habit 7. Collaboration. Cultivating teamwork and collaborative abilities to help kids work with others to achieve shared goals for the benefit of all and develop a WE, not ME mindset.
Habit 8. Moral Courage. Promoting moral courage and teaching children ‘Upstander’ as opposed to ‘bystander’ skills and situational awareness to embolden them to speak out, step in, and help others.
Habit 9. Compassionate Leadership Abilities. Cultivating altruistic leadership abilities to motivate children to make a difference for others, no matter how small it may be and boost their chances of becoming Social Change-makers.
What Are You Doing to Cultivate the Nine Habits?
Which empathy habits are you helping your children acquire within your family?
Which empathy habits might you be overlooking?
Many thanks to one of our St Emilie’s parents, Maneesha Free who always offers her time and talent to our school at all community events.
All the money she raised on the Family Fun Night was donated to the P&F. We are so grateful for her incredible generosity and the support she gives to our school and we are of course in awe of her very special talent!
Thank you for helping to make our night a success Maneesha!
Check out her Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/facepaintandballoons/
Fast from ignorance;
Feast on opening the mind to new ways of thinking.
Fast from walking in darkness;
Feast on Christ’s illuminating light!
Fast from thoughts of what divides us
Feast on the healing power of all that unites us!
Fast from words that pull people down;
Feast on words that build people up!
Fast from discontent;
Feast on gratitude!
Fast from anger;
Feast on patience!
Fast from pessimism;
Feast on optimism!
Fast from complaining;
Feast on finding a solution!
Fast from negative conversations, negative people and negative situations;
Feast on dwelling in a positive head space!
Fast from bitterness that erodes;
Feast on forgiveness that frees.
Fast from self-absorption;
Feast on compassion and empathy for others.
Fast from personal anxiety;
Feast on trusting in God’s great love.
Fast from discouragement;
Feast on hope!
Fast from thoughts that depress;
Feast on thoughts that uplift!
Fast from lethargy;
Feast on enthusiasm and passion!
Fast from words and actions that weaken;
Feast on words that strengthen and inspire!
Fast from rushing and racing;
Feast on a slower pace, calm and serenity!
Fast from idle gossip;
Feast on purposeful restraint!
Fast from problems that overwhelm;
Feast on daily reflection and prayer that uplifts and sustains!
The goal of the night was simply to be together as a community, to give our kids a chance to gather in a relaxed social setting and for all of us to get to know and to welcome new families to St Emilie’s.
We are so grateful to every family that made the effort on a Friday night to come along – especially those who reached out in friendship to others. Your presence means a lot to us all and especially to your children.
I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to have a chat with Mum, Dads and children at events like these – thank you to all those who said gidday – it is really appreciated.
Have a great week everyone!
The children in Pre Primary Gold have made a great start to the new school year. There have been lots of smiles, fun and laughter as the children have been exploring their new environment and building new relationships with teachers and class friends.
Our outdoor learning environment promotes children’s connection with nature. Children love being outside to enjoy the freedom, fresh air and change of pace that the outdoor environment offers. Our outdoor environment provides many opportunities to learn – respect for nature, social skills, managing risks and physical skills and stamina.
Our Fine Motor Stations aim to develop fine motor skills, language and handwriting. The activities help to develop strong, flexible fingers and promote better hand-eye co-ordination, differentiated movements and dexterity.
The language experience approach is a wonderful way to engage children in reading and writing. In language experience children are engaged in a rich learning experience to provide an experience that children will want to talk about. Teachers take dictation from the children, (or they have a go with their own writing) then use the children’s own words in shared reading experiences.
The children have been building relationships between numbers and a represented item. Counting and representing numbers with objects or pictures allows children to make connections between the real world and their developing math skills.
We engaged in drawing and painting self portraits. The children have been considering their personal identity and learning that everyone is unique and different.