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Honey Bunches of Notes December

Our How Things Work theme for the year continues in each K-1 classroom. We’ve continued our discussion of rules and responsibilities and fairness. The children have been further practicing their problem-solving skills with I-Statements and S.O.S. and have discussed just what fairness means here at school. We define fairness in the following way for the children, “Fair is not everyone getting the same thing. Fair is everyone getting what they need to be successful.” The children have also discussed what it means to have responsibilities and be responsible.

Related to these discussion topics, we are learning about some of the various important symbols of the United States of America. The symbols include the flag, the bald eagle, and the Statue of Liberty. We’re discussing how these symbols are meant to represent the Core Democratic Values. The Core Democratic Values are: Life, Liberty, The Pursuit of Happiness, Justice, Equality, Diversity, Truth, Patriotism, Common Good, Popular Sovereignty, and Rule of Law. To make these Values relatable to K-1s we’ve been helping to make the connection between choices they can make and upholding the different Core Democratic Values. For example, picking up litter they see outside is something a good citizen could do to promote the Common Good.

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