I love this time of year! There is so much to learn and do. There are teachable moments everywhere!
As we enter the holiday season I hope you'd like to join me by participating in the 10 Second Kindness Challenge. Recently I have been visiting classrooms and I have talked about the book Wonder. I have had the opportunity in some cases to read the introduction of the book or the book We're All Wonders, to the classes to generate discussion about people with physical differences. It was very interesting that while we try to use different terms today and promote Abilities, many children did not have an understanding of the word disability. We had some great discussions.
We have much in place and many plans in the works to address social-emotional well-being at Wheelock School. After exploring the Wonder website I came across the 10 Second Kindness Challenge. It's very easy to participate. I have shared a Padlet with you. It is password protected. I have provided directions for making a quick video with your phone or iPad that can be uploaded to the Padlet. If you have difficulty creating a video, the challenge can be written as well. I am sending all Wheelock families a password so they may add to the Padlet. All your student needs to do is be videoed sharing as many ways to be kind as they can in 10 seconds. Then upload it to the Padlet.
As we work to teach empathy and kindness, what I observe is that while our children may have had many rich experiences, some children may be more sheltered and may not have encountered many individuals with differences. When you are not exposed, you often don't have the words to express your questions. There can be confusion which may lead to an inappropriate choice of words. While often unintentional, the words hurt. We need to do our best to educate our children in how to approach a situation when they encounter something new or different. I hope you can join us in our efforts to encourage kindness and empathy not only at this time of year, but all year long. Thank you for your collaboration. Enjoy the Padlet!
"You can't blend in when you were born to stand out."
Gaga Ball Pit is Finished!
We are thrilled to add a gaga ball pit to the Wheelock Playground. Thank you to Eagle Scout Candidate, Ben Rothstein, for his efforts to build the pit. The students are so excited.
Those who attended this annual event sponsored by the Music Department enjoyed a great evening. It is so much fun to see the children reacting to Santa. It's also fun to see the children out of the school setting!