We introduced Green & Red Choices in our classroom. Green & Red Choices is a behavior management system, using a positive approach to teach expected behaviors. Green choices are good behaviors, stated in a positive manner. They are the choices we want our children to make such as listen, use kind words & have a calm body. Green is the symbol for go & keep going while red is the symbol for stop.
Green & red choices focus on the choice rather than the child. If a child makes a red choice, a teacher or another student may point it out quietly or simply ask if that’s a green choice. The child can then change the behavior and make a green choice. USING POSITIVE LANGUAGE GOES A LONG WAY! It builds a caring community where students feel loved & safe so they are able to learn & grow!
Green choices (aka expected behaviors) were introduced through books & discussion during circle. We will continue reinforcing green choices via various activities & additional stories throughout the school year. Making green choices can be HARD for our youngsters so we pair a visual support with each behavior. Utilizing this system at home is a great way to help children generalize their new found skills to other environments. You can find some examples below & refer to them as green or red choices.
Hands to yourself.
Let’s work as a team.
Use kind words.
Put it in the trash/recycle can.
Let’s share or trade.
Is that a green choice?
You look upset. Can I help you?
Stop saying mean things.
Stop throwing it on the ground.
Don’t take the toy.
Why are you doing that?
Stop the tantrum.
Additionally, we were all about apples, apples, apples! We used our five senses to taste, smell, touch & explore apples! We made a prediction about what we thought the inside of an apple looked like. We painted with apples in the art center to make beautiful apple prints. We taste tested red, yellow & green apples then decided on our favorite. Ask me which one I liked best!
Songs We Sang:
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
Shake our Sillies Out (Learning Station)
Way Up High in an Apple Tree
Autumn Leaves are Falling Down
Criss Cross Applesauce
Hickey Picky Bumble Bee
Jump Up & Down
ABC U Later
Easy Goodbye Song
Books we read:
An Apple a Day (Melvin Berger)
All About Apples (Scholastic)
Autumn is for Apples (Michelle Knudsen)
Ten Apples Up on Top (Theo LeSieg)
I Can Make Green Choices (Jackie Kopps)
Fruit (Gallimard Jeunesse & Pascale de Bourgoing)
All About Apples (Jackie Kopps)
Using the Fundations curriculum, our Pre-K children were introduced to the “Ff,” “Gg” & “Hh” letters/sounds.
We welcomed our new friend, Sidhak to class this week. We are so happy to have him join us!
Thank you to everyone who ordered books from Scholastic. Our class earns bonus points from every purchase. Some items we have used our bonus points for in the past include 2 table top light boxes, table & 4 chairs for our pretend center, Magnatiles, translucent squares for building on the light table & Pete the Cat floor puzzle. The more bonus points we acquire, the more items we can order for our classroom.
- Halloween Party will be held on October 31. More details to follow as well as a sign-up sheet for families who would like to participate.
- Holbrook Fire Department field trip is on 10/22/19 from 9:45-11:30. Permission slips will be sent home next week.
- No School on 9/30, 10/1, 10/9, & 10/14.
- October Scholastic book orders are due 10/4/19.
L'Shana Tova & an easy fast to all who celebrate!
Ms. Sheri, Ms. Joyce
Katie - Star
Timmy - Apple or a seed
Stella - Bug
Meekyle - Red
Nicky - There's a big, small apple.
John - A bug
Jackson - A bug
Killian - Like seaweed
Pearl - Strawberries