4-6 Team students have been preparing for Inauguration Day 2021 by learning about what traditionally occurs on the day, and what will be different this year.
New this year, for example, the evening before Inauguration Day will include a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial honoring American lives lost due to COVID-19. The ceremony will take place January 19 at 5:30 p.m., and communities across the country are invited to join by lighting buildings and ringing church bells.
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Various studies show the social, behavioral, and academic benefits of classroom pets, most notably a study by the American Humane Society published in 2019. But at Linden Grove School, all we need to do is spend a little time in the Middle School classrooms with pets and experience their benefits first hand.
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Breathe . . . Visualize . . . . Stretch . . . .
LGS students and staff benefit from brief calming exercises two or three times a day: in the morning and after recess and/or lunch. The exercises utilize breathing techniques, visualizations, and stretches/movements to encourage a greater sense of self-awareness, mental focus, and emotional resilience.
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Students can learn about Christmas traditions and tasty treats from around the world—and increase their knowledge of world geography—with the book A World of Cookies for Santa by M. E. Furman. Enjoy a a read-aloud video recording of the book on YouTube.
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Some of LGS’s 4-6 students have been learning about simple machines. And it’s just in time for those planning on using their new knowledge to catch an elf on Christmas!
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Friday afternoon crafts help K-2 students develop fine motor skills while having seasonal fun! This Friday, students made snowmen out of white socks filled with rice.
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Just like this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Mrs. Bachman’s students created a parade of “Balloons over Broadway” virtually!
Mrs. Bachman has made “Balloons over Broadway” a favorite seasonal read among LGS students, staff, and others. The wonderfully illustrated book tells the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg, who imagined the giant helium balloons now iconic with the Macy’s parade. Watch a video recording of the book.
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In Squanto’s Journey: The Story of the First Thanksgiving, author Joseph Bruchac lets Squanto tell his own story. His tale begins with meeting and befriending Captain John Smith, and then being captured by the English and enslaved. This is followed by his return to North America, only to learn his people had died of smallpox. Finally, Squanto relates his life with the Pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving.
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An act of kindness benefits not only the recipient but also the giver and anyone who witnesses it. The good feelings we experience as the result of kindness not only increase our personal well-being; they also help to create a community where everyone feels connected and supported.
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Interoceptive awareness is gaining attention for its ability to help students achieve more in school, improve their social interactions, and increase their general sense of well-being.
The senses of taste, smell, touch, sight, and hearing help individuals determine if food smells appetizing or spoiled, or if water feels soothingly warm or scalding hot. Interoception, a lesser known sense, helps individuals feel and understand what is going on inside their body; for example, when their stomach or bladder feels full, or when their heartbeat is fast and their muscles, tensed.
Interoception sessions help students perceive information from their body so they may respond appropriately. A student sensing a rapid heartbeat during an exam may respond by taking deep, slow breaths. Another student, sensing his muscles tense up during a game with a classmate, may remind himself “it’s only a game” and focus on being a “good sport.”
Ultimately, interoception sessions help individuals better manage their behaviors, emotions, and thoughts to improve success at school, work, and in their personal lives.
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