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.
Click on the link below to find out all about Clean Up Australia Day Schools and the activities and learning experiences offered to the students at St Emilie’s in week 5.
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!
Spelling in Year One
Each week the Year 1 children will have been introduced to a new phonic sound in class and they will also have completed a variety of activities to help them spell words with our focus sound.
The children have completed a mini spelling quiz to determine their focus sound and will now bring home a list of words to practise. We suggest keeping all the spelling sounds in a display book or folder for easy access throughout the year – they are yours to keep at home, in a safe place.
Our aim is to make spelling relevant and fun!
Some suggestions are…
- Making words with play dough
- Using magazine letters to create words
- Writing the spelling words with chalk or in shaving cream
- Have a go at putting the words into sentences
- Using magnetic letters to spell words
- Using a variety of colours (pencils/textas) to make ‘rainbow’ words
If you have any questions please let us know.
Have fun spelling and remember to keep it positive! 🙂
Miss Tanya de Gooijer and Miss Melissa Gumbleton
Year 1 Class Teachers
PS In class, while children will have access to charts and word banks, they will be supported to ‘have a go’ at spelling in their daily writing. Spelling is a developmental process in these early years and we will continue to support and celebrate their many attempts to hear sounds in words, so that they feel confident as writers!
Please find attached a copy of our Purposeful Practice Grid for Weeks 4 and 5. A copy was also sent home with your child today via their blue note folder.
Completed grids are to be returned: Friday 2nd March.
Please continue to hunt and gather photos for our Identity Timeline activity!
Have a great week!
Miss Tanya de Gooijer and Miss Melissa Gumbleton