In 1st grade the classrooms did problem-solving activities where they were asked to solve a given problem by coming up with as many different solutions as they could. For every solution they were asked if it was safe, fair, and how people would feel. This allowed them to determine if it was a good solution that might work or a solution that shouldn’t even be attempted. At this stage, children need adult support to help them choose and use solutions. The students will continue to work on problem solving skills in order to help them internalize how to solve their own difficulties as they grow older.
This week the student’s in 2nd grade discussed friendship and the qualities that are important in a friendship. They listened to the story Friendshape by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. This story utilizes basic shapes to illustrate what the great things about friendship are such as; making you feel happy, playing fair, being welcoming and understanding and filling our lives with joy. After the students listened to the story they illustrated their own picture with three basic shapes – triangle, square and circle – showing what they like to do with their friends. They enjoyed manipulating their shapes into various designs to depict the positive nature of friendship.