If you saw my other post about the Shamrock cookies, I suspect that may have contributed to the emotions I saw at the end of the day. The cookies were not Friday fun, but I think some of the children misunderstood and thought they weren't going to get one. Friday fun was a very brief extra recess (less than 10 minutes).
After we packed up to go home, we had juice (left over from Valentine's Day) and passed out the cookies. We talked about the homework and behavior expectations for Friday fun. We also discussed that some children were upset because they thought the cookies were part of Friday fun.
Learning to take personal responsibility can be hard. At school we spend a lot of time helping children understand this. We model and coach them to recognize when they are blaming other people for their mistakes and how they could have done things differently
I appreciate your support in everything you do at home to help us learn and get along at school. I hope you all have a very nice weekend!
Every morning, the children take their homework out and it's checked off with a stamp. We have a checklist on a clip board to mark if it is done, incomplete, missing, etc. Children have until the end of the week to bring in their assignments if they left them at home. We also have extra copies available if they can't find it.
Before Friday fun, we review the checklist. There were even children who presented it at the last moment today. If an assignment is still missing, they use this time to do it.