I do not have to say it….. You probably already know that I am a big Louisville Cardinal Fan. So in honor of March Madness, I decided to decorate our classroom with basketballs. David C and I created a basketball goal to install in the classroom as well. It has been a big hit.
To all my former colleagues at Graebel, you remember my basketball goal that I had in my cubicle. The paper one made out of a paper plate for the hoop, that was above my recycling bin 🙂 This was my inspiration.
Your probably thinking what a horrible idea. But hey these kids do not know the magnitude of my love for basketball (maybe they do now) so what better way to incorporate some fun by putting in a goal. If the trash can is under the hoop they are allowed to throw paper through the hoop. That’s the rule, although I have watched anything but paper being thrown up at the goal…. pencils, pencil sharpeners, soccer balls etc… After the goal went up we had some practice sessions….. check out below 🙂
|Gisel dunking the ball. She is quickly climbing to the top of my one of my favorites list (shhh don’t tell the kids that a list exists)|
Here below is a picture of Henry and Samuel, posing for me as if there was a free kick and they are protecting themselves. Hilarious.
In class this week I decided to continue our lessons on Helen Keller. In the library I found another book about her that had Braille printed on the back. Side story, last week I read a story about Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan. To my amazement my kids did not know who she was. They were fascinated by the thought that she could not see and could not hear.
Today I took the opportunity to write the Braille alphabet on the board. I then gave my kids a piece of paper so they could write their names in Braille. To my knowledge disabilities are not readily talked about……. even more so it seems that unless you are of the wealthier class in Honduras there is very little to offer to you for a future…..
I want my class to be aware of others around them, understand that they are healthy second graders but that not everyone is like them and not everyone gets to grow up like they do. I desperately want my kids to know how to love well and love others that are not just like them well. Showing them Braille, and watching them run their little fingers over the letters and asking them if they think it would be hard to read that way….. so incredible…. I hope gives them a little perspective….
Here below is a picture of my kiddos writing there names. Some went on to write their families names as well.
I have been giving a lot of thought about the example I am setting for my kids. What I say, how I act, and how I discipline? Am I building them up? Am I setting an example of love and truth? With a heavy heart, I am realizing how many ways I have failed. Children, as we all know, pick up on the smallest of things. They remember the silliest of things (even those that we wish they did not). I have no resolution per say but do have a few things I am going to be challenging myself with over the next coming weeks……My prayer is to have more patience, to listen more attentively and most importantly to teach them to love people well. I think that’s what God wants from us. Love Him and Love Others.
Happy Saturday to you. From my cough, cold, a few spoon fulls of peanut butter, my coffee and my bed. Warmest Kristina
Thoughts on this found below……