Happy Autumn! We are off to a great start this school year. Guidance Lessons have begun in all classrooms. Listening, Personal Space, and Following Directions have been the focus of the first three lessons in Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. Kindergarten students are working hard to develop their Whole Body Listening Skills - here are the pieces of Whole Body Listening:
- Our BRAINS are thinking about what we are learning
- Our EYES are looking at the speaker
- Our EARS are listening to the speaker
- Our LIPS are zipped
- Our HEART is caring about what we are learning
- Our BODY is still
- We are SITTING criss-cross applesauce with our HANDS in our laps
We review all of the pieces of Whole Body Listening at the beginning of each lesson. All of the teachers are also continuously reviewing Whole Body Listening within their classrooms throughout the school day. This consistency across classrooms and grade levels helps foster the development of these listening skills as well as a safe, engaging learning environment.
In 3rd and 4th grade, we have been focusing on the development of classroom communities. It is very important for students to feel comfortable, safe, and a sense of belonging within their classroom environments and especially during interactions with their classmates. At Taylor School, we often look to the 3rd and 4th graders to act as the role models of the school, demonstrating to the younger grades ways to get along with each other, support one another, show empathy, build positive relationships with grade-level peers, etc.
In the coming weeks, Guidance Lessons will continue to focus on fostering the development of supportive classroom communities.
In other news, Anne Mueller, long-term substitute for my maternity leave, began shadowing me on Friday, September 30th. We had a great day of meeting students and having Guidance Lessons in Mrs. Reardon's and Mrs. Zabbo's classrooms! She will be shadowing me during the upcoming week as well and will get a chance to meet all the classrooms and students. I am excited to welcome her to the Taylor School community and know that she will be an excellent support to students, staff, and families while I am out.
It has been an exciting first month of school!
- Mrs. Lazur