Tuesday, November 13, 2018

World Of Change

We were excited to welcome World of Change® to our classroom today! You may have read the Portland Press Herald article, or seen these great news clips by WGME News Anchor Kim Block and NEWS Center's Jessica Gagne about this new nonprofit founded by local nonprofit executive Matt Hoidal. Matt brought World of Change® Classroom Change Kits into a few of our classrooms, along with pouches of loose change for each of the children to decide which focus areas to invest their change in. The kids were given the opportunity to choose from six jars and programs (housing, childhood literacy, food security, health and wellness, financial literacy, and children's play). You'll likely notice your child coming home with their World of Change® coin pouch today.

Over the course of the next month, kids can bring change from home to school, to add to the jars and see how their change adds up with others in a big way. For more about World of Change® and their plans for harnessing the $10B in loose change sitting idle in households across the US, and empowering kids and communities to dream of and create wide-scale change, visit their website. 

We encourage you to take time to discuss this important program with your children and use it as an opportunity to illustrate how something as simple as change and the little things we do can make a big impact - especially when combined with the efforts of others.  Please know that this is an optional program and there is no pressure to participate. However, the benefits of participation are considerable. As noted, we make sure that all students have an initial amount of money to contribute.  We are excited to put our YES core values into action through World of Change!

When I asked the students to describe how they felt after contributing to the World of Change jars, students responded like this...

"I feel empathetic." 

"Ms. Davis, I just feel really good now."

"I feel helpful."

"I feel kind."

"I feel like I am making a difference."

"I feel super happy."

"Giving feels good." 

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Breathing Buddies

The Campers and I created breathing buddies as a mindfulness tool in our classroom. Breathing buddies help you get in touch with your breath, relax and let go of any worries. In just two minutes we are able to shift how we feel and think. The students loved being able to make their very own breathing buddy!

Engineering and Monster Fun

The Campers had lots of fun collaborating and building bridges to hold a pumpkin. They learned about the engineering process and had simple materials including: 30 popsicle sticks, 3 feet of tape and scissors to create a sturdy bridge that could hold a small pumpkin. They worked with a team member and had 25 minutes to design their bridge model. Engineering day was a success!

We adopted baby monsters on Halloween! 

Friday, September 28, 2018

Camp Day!


The campers filled their Friendly Fish Jar!  They do this by showing acts of kindness, working as a team, and exceeding expectations as a class.  As their class prize, they chose to have a Camp Party.  Camp Day consists of tent reading and having snack time around the campfire. We had a camp-tastic day!!

Snack around the campfire!