Pre-K - 1 :
Did you know that moving your body can effect chemicals in your brain and can change your emotions- Literally! Studies show that an increase of moving and physical activities cause an increase of dopamine in the brain. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that helps control the brain's reward and pleasure centers. This means when dopamine is released it will cause us to feel happy!
This week we learned about mindfulness and relaxation poses in addition to how important it is to move our bodies both for our physical health as well as our mental health. We created our own relaxation poses and played a human board game where we got our bodies moving while having fun learning!
This week we learned about respectful listening. These skills can be applied in the classroom, at home, and in every say social interactions with peers and others. Students engaged in a role playing activity in which they practiced non-respectful listening skills. After a discussion about observations, we discussed what respectful listening skills looked like and had some volunteers show us what that looked like in another role playing scenario. After discussing respectful listening skills and the importance of being a good listener, we played a classic listening game of Simon says. We then rated our listening skills in a closing reflection circle and discussed ways we could become better listeners.