Friday, June 25, 2010


We have been learning a lot about feelings and emotions lately. We are really working on being good friends to each other. We have read "If You're Angry and You Know It" over and over. We have new songs about feelings where we make the faces of each emotion. And I have introduced a new skill each week with cue cards (Trade, Say "Please", Share, Take Turns, etc.)

We were lining up to go outside and Regan was crying.
John Henry said, "Regan, what's wrong?"
Regan, "Brandon!"
John Henry (in a scolding tone), "Brandon, you hurt Regan!"

If you're angry and you know it walk away...
Anna and I were playing at the art center while a few other children were playing in the kitchen area. One of the other children said something about being angry. Anna heard them and said, "Eh angry and you walk away!" then got up and walked quickly away from the table. Then she walked over to the children in the kitchen area and told them several times, "Eh angry, and you walk away!" demonstrating each time.

If you're angry and you know it stamp your feet...
Jacob was climbing the ladder on the playground equipment with two girls climbing ahead of him. Jacob cried out, "Ahhh, Ahhh!"

I walked near him and said, "Jacob are you hurt or are you angry?" Jacob finished climbing and then stamped his feet when he got to the top.

Me, "Oh you must be angry, because you are stamping your feet."

Highlights of the Week

Anna filled an entire page of her journal with "writing" scribbles in nice neat rows. Then she showed it to me and said, "I write it myself, lookit myself!"

John Henry saw another class passing by outside our window. He got really excited and said, "Look! Friends!"

Ah! Ah!

This happened a couple of weeks ago, when I was the only adult in the room. I was helping several children get toothpaste for toothbrushing, when Vito (who doesn't speak much yet) came up to me and grunted, "Ah, Ah!" very loudly.

I got down to his level and said, "What do you need Vito?" and mimiced what he had done, "Ah, Ah! What does that mean?"

Vito looked at me with a worried look in his eyes, took a few steps, then laid down on the bathroom floor and pounded his fists and feet Gargamel style.

I guess I didn't say it right...