I’m an ESL teacher at an all Pre-K campus. Our school is so unique because we offer Dual Language, English as a Second Language (ESL) and Blended learning to an all day, all Pre-K campus. Did you follow all of that? Hehe Basically everywhere you look there are four or five-year-old’s hugging you, high-fiving you, or running circles around you.
My students are thriving in our classroom.
They are excited to set goals and work hard to reach them. I have four-year-olds reading first-grade vocabulary words. Wowza! We also practice a lot of mindfulness in our classroom. We have a mindful leader who leads our class in mindful breaths and stretches during transitions. We do this to refocus and calm our bodies. My students are learning to respond to their big emotions with calming, mindful strategies. They will be able to take all of these skills with them as a foundation when they move on to kindergarten.
Kindness is a huge part of our classroom culture. We read the book How Full is Your Bucket? to learn about how we treat others. We learned the importance of kindness and how we should practice it every day. I want my students to have their very own copy of this book so they may read it over summer and again the next summer. As a precious reminder of the importance of building good character and being a good person to everyone around you.
Practicing mindfulness is changing these kids lives.
They will be able to take skills with them as they transition to kindergarten. As little people sometimes they have a hard time handling their big feelings and emotions. Let's face it, we as adults sometimes have a hard time with that too. The stress ball is a tool they can keep and carry with them to squeeze when they're feeling frustrated or upset. They'll be reminded to take mindful breaths and respond with calmness and clear thinking instead of with anger or frustration.
We will put their names on their buckets and they can keep them forever as a reminder of how they are doing filling others buckets. They can carry chalk in their buckets to pass out and share with friends, write kind words to their family, or to simply draw and have fun with! We hope they will learn the importance of treating others with respect and love can fill their own heart and bucket to the very top.
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