Honey Bunches of Notes March
In our third thematic unit of the year, “My Journey through the Community”, children will begin to learn about resource use. Social Studies and science goals for this unit include describing ways in which people modify and adapt to the environment, describing ways in which the physical environment in a place or region affects people’s lives, constructing an argument supported by evidence for how plants and animals (including humans) can change the environment to meet their needs, and communicating solutions that will reduce the impact of humans on the land, water, air, and/or other living things in the local environment.
We will end the unit by identifying possible service-learning projects related to resource use. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities.
We have been recently participating in mindfulness practice on Monday afternoons. So far, we have used our mindful ears to listen to the sound of a singing bowl and signal when it has stopped producing sound. We learned to zip ourselves up to get into a mindful posture with a straight back. We have also been practicing mindful breathing:
we noticed how it feels to take some slow deep breaths (holding up one finger, breathing in to “smell the flower,” breathing out to “blow out the candle”)
we passed the “breathing ball” around the circle (a Hoberman Sphere) and practiced breathing in when the ball expands, breathing out when the ball contracts. This amounted to about 3 minutes of mindful breathing, and the kids reflected that they felt calm and relaxed afterward.
we briefly noticed how our bellies rise and fall when we breathe, and we can place on hand on our bellies to take “belly breaths” to calm ourselves down when we’re upset.