This week, our class got a little too close the pond than our protective Daddy Goose would have liked and he quickly let us know to find another way around with a perfectly-timed hiss or two. The students handled it well and slowly backed away to give the goose some extra space. Once we were a safe distance away, I explained that the geese have recently laid eggs on the island in the pond and are now very protective of their home and their growing babies. I continued by saying that the geese don’t know that we won’t hurt their babies and sometimes they get upset when we get too close to the pond. Then, one of our youngest students looked at me as said,
“Yeah and the goose probably doesn’t know that this is Winchester Thurston and we ‘think also of the comforts and the rights of others’ so we would never hurt their babies.”
Proof that caring for others and nature go hand in hand!
Pre-kindergarten students can have a very hard time interpreting other people’s feelings. In fact, sometimes figuring out their own feelings is a bit confusing. …. Who am I kidding? Even grown-ups have moments where they misinterpret a facial expression or react in a way that is contrary to their actual feelings. One of our school wide goals is to encourage children’s propensity towards kindness and ability to think of a choice’s impact on others.
Meet our friend. He/She doesn’t have a name. It doesn’t have a gender. We don’t even know if it is animal, vegetable or mineral, yet. This friend is sometimes referred to as the Edushape Feelings Friend. It’s facial features are velcroed in place and are easily interchangeable. Extra pieces store in it’s “pocket.”
We introduced this friend today to help us practice understanding feelings, our own and others’. Tomorrow, the children will begin the process of choosing a name for our friend. We’re looking forward to joining him/her/it on many adventures.