Our school is lucky to be participating again in the PSD Rainbow Connection program sponsored by Parkland School Division, Spruce Grove Save-on-Foods, and Alberta Health Services. During the program students will be encouraged to eat more vegetables and fruit through education, taste testing, and tracking. Each student has their own booklet to collect stickers or initial when they eat a vegetable or fruit, and we are now having weekly samples of vegetables or fruit delivered to our classroom (this week we got to try out tangerines!). You can click here to read more about the program from the Spruce Grove Examiner.
We were very lucky this week to have the Jump Rope for Heart team visit our school as we start our Jump Rope for Heart initiative at Millgrove, and they were joined by a very special guest. Neil King who plays Safety for the Edmonton Eskimos (along with his brother) joined the other Millgrove skippers as they taught us about being physically active and making healthy choices. It was a very exciting and inspiring assembly to be sure!
We've been very lucky to have the Safety Lady visiting our classroom over the past couple of weeks to teach us about safety around our homes and school, along with first aid. She is a true safety expert and she has made her Tuesday visits to our classroom extremely engaging and informative. This week she's coming to teach us all about fire safety. You can expect the students of 2B to be extra vigilant about their own safety and the safety of those around them now!
2B has been working through a Health curriculum called Zones of Regulation, and the students have really taken to it! The Zones is an approach used to teach students self-regulation by categorizing al the different ways we feel and states of alertness into four zones. As the Zones of Regulation website explains:
The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
The Zones can be compared to traffic signs. When given a green light or in the Green Zone, one is “good to go”. A yellow sign means be aware or take caution, which applies to the Yellow Zone. A red light or stop sign means stop, and when one is the Red Zone, this often is the case. The Blue Zone can be compared to the rest area signs where one goes to rest or re-energize. All of the zones are expected at one time or another, but the curriculum focuses on teaching students how to manage their Zone based on the environment and people around them. For example, when playing on the playground or in an active/competitive game, no one would think twice about one being in the Yellow Zone but that would not be same in the library.
Stay tuned for more of our learning on our Zones of Regulation!
Mrs. Barker is a grade two teacher at Millgrove School. She loves science and reading, and lives in a little brick house with Mr. Barker and her son Jack.