As all of the kids were lining up for recess, I noticed that one boy from our class was still on the playground. You know that twisty thing that kids can climb up or down? It kind of looks like DNA? Well, when he just looked at me after I told him to get in line with the rest of the kids, I realized he was stuck! It took a few minutes, but I did get him out. I have no idea how he did it and I don’t think I will be able to walk past that thing again without smiling.
This morning, while trying to get my son ready to drop off on my way to work, he spotted a frog on the living room window. Crazy! Can you say major distraction?
We use Responsive Classroom, an integration of social and academic learning. One aspect is logical consequences and positive time-outs. We call them “breaks” and teach kids to use them to regain self control.
While some kids are often in the break chair, others seldom if ever go there. However, when we first introduce the concept, each child takes a turn in the chair. (Just to experience it and practice expectations.) And the kids with the most self control, the ones that never get in trouble and always obey the rules, are always super excited to go to the chair. I absolutely love the huge smiles they have when they are sitting in the chair that first time! They practically leap out of their chairs with smiles from ear to ear as soon as we say “Take a Break” to them.
I think, other than time with my son, I might miss naps the most. Summer is over and I can’t just lay on the couch and nap whenever I feel the least bit tired. Why is it I thought they were so horrible as a kid?
That brings me to the weekend, the three day weekend. Time for naps, hanging with my favorite little man, and seeing Ghostbusters in the theater! Yes, I know I can watch it on Netflix, but I am still excited to experience it in the theater. With popcorn! Thank goodness that my wonderful friend is also willing and eager to pay money to see it in the theater too! With popcorn! You can’t forget the movie theater popcorn!