Donuts with Dads- March 2018

The KISJ Elementary Counselors hosted a ‘Donuts with Dads’ event for JK-2nd on March 9th from 8:00am- 9:00am. Fathers, Grandfathers or Uncles were invited to attend with their JK-2nd KISJ Student for a light breakfast and bonding time! It was our first Donuts with Dads event at KISJ and it was a HUGE success! We had over 46 adults and almost 50 kids attend the event! Check out some pictures below from the event!

Teaching Responsibility in JK!

In JK, we started learning all about RESPONSIBILITY! The students knew that this was a big word and many of them were curious about what it meant. We talked about how responsibility is taking care of yourself and others. We read the book, "All By Myself" by Mercer Mayer. The kids loved the story and hearing about all the things Critter can do. Afterwards, we made a list of things that we can all do by ourselves. The students then chose one of their favorite things that they can do all by themselves and illustrated/wrote about it. Check out some of their work below!

Our Brain is ALWAYS Changing and Growing!

In grade 2, we have been learning all about GROWTH MINDSET! To conclude our unit on Growth Mindset, students were able to create their very own BRAINS! They were very excited to make their own brains unique and colorful. Check out some of their fantastic work below!

Sharing is Caring in JK!

Today in JK, we shared our cookies that we made before the break! The students learned that it feels good when we share with others and it can make us happy when we share! 

Making New Friends and Including Others-Grade 1

In Grade 1, we have started learning about how to make new friends. During this unit, we read the story, 'Yeti and the Bird'. In the story, Yeti lives in a forest and does not have any friends. The other animals are scared of him and don't want to play with him. One day, a bird lands in the forest and is lost. Yeti is kind to the bird and they become friends. When winter comes, the bird has to leave because it is too cold for her in the forest. Yeti helps her find her way and the other animals see how kind he is. At the end of the story, the forest animals decide that Yeti is not scary and that he can be a great friend.

In class, students talked about ways they can make new friends. Students illustrated and wrote about how they can make new friends- check out some of the examples below!

Teaching Perseverance in Kindergarten

Hello and Happy New Year! I am so excited for the year ahead and all of the learning that will take place here at KISJ. For the month of January, Kindergarten and grade 2 students will be learning all about Growth Mindset and Perseverance! 

In Kindergarten, students are exploring the book, 'The Little Engine that Could'. Students are encouraged to think critically about things that challenge them and how they work hard to achieve their goals. We created train cars and students finished the sentence, 'I think I can...' It was great to hear their responses. Check out some of their responses below!

Teaching Growth Mindset in Grade 2

In grade 2, students have also started learning about Growth Mindset. We started with the book, 'The Teeny Weeny Tadpole'. In the story, the tadpole cannot jump. He tries and tries but still has trouble. He keeps growing, changing, and working hard. One day, he is able to jump higher than the other animals and can make it to the lily pad. He is so proud of himself!

The grade 2 students then wrote about things they couldn't do before but now they can do! Then we discussed some of our goals moving forward. Here are some of their examples!

Each week students will be learning more about how their brain grows and develops with practice.

At the end of the class, we watched the first episode of the Classdojo Growth Mindset Mini-series. Each video is about 3 minutes and students discuss the video afterwards. This week's video focused on our brain and how our brain is a muscle- it is important to exercise our brains to help them grow. Check out the video above!