We are having a very busy week!
On Monday we had a visit from Ms. Fisher, a registered nurse, who talked with our class about the importance of hand washing. She taught us the BEST way to wash our hands: While singing the ABC song...
Scrub your palms.
Scrub the backs of your hands.
Scrub in between all your fingers.
And finally, scrub under and around your fingernails.
Ms. Fisher gave us some special 'glow germs' lotion to rub on our hands. After a few minutes we went to the sink to do our best washing up. She then looked at our hands under a black light and we could see all the pretend germs that were still on our hands! YUCK! Our hands were still so dirty! Many of us wanted to go back and wash our hands again. Ms. Fisher also talked about how hand sanitizer should only be used when soap and water are not available. She mentioned that daily use dries out our skin, which then cracks and makes even more places for germs to get in! Yuck! A BIG thanks to Ms. Fisher for her wonderful presentation!
Also on Monday, Mrs. Kane came to visit our classroom. Mrs. Kane is our staff occupational therapist. Again this year, she is working in the second grade classrooms teaching the children about sensory awareness and regulation. This week she told us about how our bodies, senses, and minds are always in one of four 'zones.'
BLUE ZONE - We feel low and act slowly. We might be tired, sick, or bored.
GREEN ZONE - We are in a 'just right' place for learning. Our brains are actively engaging, we are alert and ready to do.
YELLOW ZONE - We are getting a bit excited, silly, or angry. Our body wants to move more. We might be louder than expected.
RED ZONE - We are feeling very big emotions and are not always in control of what we do and/or say. We might be very sad, angry, tired, or upset.
The kids really enjoyed brainstorming situations in which they have been in each zone. Mrs. Kane told us that sometimes it is expected for us to be in a certain zone, and other times it is unexpected. For example, we would expect a person with the flu to be in the blue zone. A child at recess is perfect in the yellow zone. Someone who just had a car accident might be in the red zone for awhile. Mrs. Kane will return in early November for another lesson. We can't wait!
Yesterday, we attended the New Boston Fire Department's fire prevention program, "Stop, Look, and Learn!" The firefighters began the lesson by reviewing last year's them of having two exit plans and practicing fire drills at home. We then leaned why it is important to know your personal information - when you call 911 in an emergency, the operator will ask you for it! Many of the kids did not know what to answer when asked, "What is your address?" We were told that when asked for your 'address,' you need to tell your house number, street name, and town. We will be sure to work on that! Around this time, the room began to get 'smoky.' We had to stay low and go! Oh not, the door of our first exit was hot. We can't get out that way! Everyone crawled across the floor to a window. There was a firefighter (in full turn-out gear) who helped us climb out the window to safety. Hooray! After the learning portion of the program, we were able to touch some of the equipment and go through the fire truck. It was a fantastic presentation and we are very appreciative of the NBFD volunteers who shared their time with us!
After all that we were happy to have a 'regular' day today!
You should know....
The thermometer determines our clothing needs for outside. At 60 degrees, the children are able to make their own choices about wearing a sweater/sweatshirt/jacket. Under 60, it it not a choice! Outside clothes should be taken off when in the classroom. If a sweatshirt is what your child puts on to go to recess, then it should come off upon entering the classroom after recess.
Lately, we have had MANY clothing items left behind at the end of the day. The items are not labeled and are difficult to return to their owners. PLEASE LABEL EVERYTHING! Thank you.
To go along with that.... With the extra amount of clothing coming to school we have been having a hard time putting it away properly. Sweaters and sweatshirts are being tossed on shelves or left on the floor. Beginning November 1st there will be a rule change. Anything not put away correctly will be gathered up (with fair warning) and placed in a bin. It will cost five cents to retrieve the item. We already have this rule for the odd trinket or toy that becomes a distraction. Now we have upped the ante. We will be practicing all this week and next to get ready...
REMINDER: Our walking field trip is this coming Monday. Children will need to dress warm as we will be outside most of the morning. Good walking shoes are a must! Each child will need to bring his/her own snack and snack drink to school that day. We will not be purchasing snacks and snack milks from the cafeteria.