Thursday, January 15, 2015

Following Directions @ Pine Glen!

Hello PG family and friends!

It's been a busy couple of weeks since returning from break. Students have had to dive right back into academics, routines and rituals. Reinforcing these routines and rituals is important and something we continually practice as educators to help our students stay on track to be successful in and out of school.

One of the ways in which we reinforce expectations with our K-5 students is through teaching Dr. Hanley's Life Skills. These skills tell and show students what is expected of them in school and how they can be successful. In the Kindergarten classrooms this week, we focused on the following skills:

1. When a teacher calls your name, you stop what you are doing, look at the teacher, and say, "Yes."
2. When a teacher gives you an instruction, you follow it right away.

Students watched a PBS movie (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOeqgOM69KM) that follows kindergartners following directions on the bus and school and we had a discussion about the different instructions we have to follow at home, school and out in the community in order to be safe and know what is happening.

There are many ways to make discussions and activities about following directions both educational and fun. There are many links to videos online, books you can read and games to play (Simon Says is a great one!) to help in reinforcing both the idea and action of following directions.

In the meantime, be well!

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