This month our kindergarten students returned to school somewhat discombobulated. I believe the week before vacation was too disjointed due to the winter storms, early releases, late starts, snow days and illness. Generally, I've noticed that when students in my class have a week off they return ready to get back into their routine and are able to apply all the skills they've learned.
That didn't happen this time.
So we tried our hardest to do all the things we know can help us. We did Brain Gym and other movement exercises. Ms. McKernan used some Mindful Life exercises with us. We talked about what we could do to help ourselves get ready to learn. And on Friday, we colored mandalas.
In the photos above, you see several shots of us coloring with special markers that we save for "Friday mandalas". You also see Jake and Claire doing a Brain Gym exercise called "The Owl".
Harriet was our Teacher Assistant on Friday. Before Math you see her leading the class in a brain break exercise called Xs and Os. She colored the lovely mandala on the table for our classroom. And last, you see four handsome gentlemen who are waiting for the rest of the class to join them at the rug. They were remarkably silent!
Next weekend I hope to post some photos of Claire and perhaps a friend or two, crocheting a chain.