Before you speak …

If you haven’t been able to tell, the first week of school in first grade is A LOT of routines, procedures and activities where children can learn about positive behavior in the classroom. Using kind words has always been a must in my class. Sometimes students forget that the things they say can (and do!) have a lasting impact on their peers. We read “Chrysanthemum” – a book about a little mouse who loves her name until her name gets made fun of at school. I gave the class an assignment while I was reading: every time someone says something mean or hurtful to Chrysanthemum crinkle the heart a little bit. While I read, our class listened closely and our heart ended up being very wrinkled by the end. We thought we could try to fix it by flattening it, smoothing it out, and even putting Band-Aids on it. However, we all agreed that the heart still didn’t look the same as it did when we started. I shared the poem in the middle of the heart and we all thought about it: “Before you speak, Think and be smart. It’s hard to fix a wrinkled heart”. Even if we say “I’m sorry” or try to smooth out a situation, our words can still leave a lasting impact. Our class agreed that we will hang out heart up in the room and remember to think before we say something that could be mean or hurtful.

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Huge should out to Heather R. for helping me put together the ADORABLE “David” drawing and writing projects from days 1 and 2. They turned out so stinkin’ cute and I can’t wait to hang them up 🙂

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Have a great weekend!

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