We are looking this term at embracing mistakes. Are aim is that when we make a mistakes we don't beat ourselves up about it, get angry, frustrated or blaming (either self or others) but instead we get excited! Excited about how we can solve the challenge we are facing, how we can learn a way, how we can make it better. To be a group who have a growth mindset, we believe we can learn and grow if we put in the effort, persevere and bounce back when we stumble, oh and have the drive, inspiration and passion to press on. I will be posting some of the images and posters I share in class so parents and kids can talk about them and teach each other about this kind of thinking that we want to be embedded in our community.
Chemistry begins: Boom!
Chris led us in a wonderful introduction to chemistry this morning. We looked at the periodic table and a did some experiments to produce a mystery gas that was created when we mixed vinegar and bicarbonate of soda together, a gas which extinguished our candle flames as if by spooky magic. We discovered the gas was carbon dioxide and a powerful force of CO2 is produced which sent a film case shooting into the air at great speed when the lid was put on a mixture of the above substances.
Food Share - yum
Thank you Caspar who bought in some home made, gluten free bread with strawberry and pomegranate jam and margarine. Delicious.
Golden hour of crafts with Frances
Frances bought in a whole load of materials from scrap store and other places. The children were encouraged to create whatever the material inspired. The next few hours the children were in creative flow, all creating something different and meaningful to them.
This term we are looking at various charities that the children are interested in, what they do and who they help. I started off this week with looking at the word charity - we discussed the importance of asking people for the support they need rather than assuming we know what they need or want. I shared a examples of a water pump built to save the women having to walk 2 hours a day to fetch water. Months later they were still walking to the river and not using the pump. When asked why they explained that the time together, away from the kids, to chat and share their lives with the other women in the village was so valuable that they didn't want it to stop.
We them unpacked the concept of kindness. We thought about acts of kindness we have done this week or have been done to us. I share the video below called 'colour our world' which shows acts of kindness bringing colour to peoples lives and then they themselves do an act of kindness to colour someone else's world. I talked about the film Pay It Forward and random acts of kindness. We all shared our experiences.