Posts Tagged ‘life skills’

Report Cards

Friday, March 6th, 2015

All over “Can Do” Street parents were reviewing report cards as “Can Do” kids stood anxiously by waiting to hear what their parents had to say. While Orrie, Arthur Jay, Yundi, Wendy, Eulyn, and Annie didn’t have anything to worry about, others had some real worries.

Hector, Willie, and Jay got lower grades in reading and writing than they did on their last report cards. Kathy, did well in her grades for academic subjects, but didn’t do so well in the grades she got for classroom behavior.

report cardsKathy was still falling asleep in class, some days, because she didn’t eat breakfast and ran out of energy about 10 AM.

Bobby also got an unsatisfactory in classroom behavior for not paying attention when Miss Pat was teaching, and for bothering others when they were trying to pay attention.

Nellie’s problem, well, she has a hard time sharing supplies when she works on a project with others.

The next day, the class was unusually quiet. Those that didn’t do so well on their report cards were thinking about what their parents had to say, and they were worrying about what Miss Pat was going to say to their parents at the parent teacher meeting that night.

Miss Pat cleared her throat and everyone looked up from the match assignment they were doing.

“Those of you who didn’t do well in your subjects need to study more and harder. The best way to start…put away the Internet games you are so fond of and might be spending too much time on. If you are really having a problem understanding the work you are expected to docome see me, in private, and I will see that you get the extra help that you need.”

Nellie raised her hand and asked,”What if your problem is not with the subjects, but about behaving in class?” A few of the “Can Dos” nodded their heads, as if they had the same question about their report cards.

Miss Pat smiled her knowing smile and answered, “Sometimes those problems that led to receiving an unsatisfactory on our report cards are harder to fix than fixing our subject grades. First we have to admit that what we did to cause getting an unsatisfactory mark in classroom behavior; then we have to be willing to change our behavior. Then comes that hard part-trying every day to work on the behavior that is a problem.”

Miss Pat let that thought sink in for a while. She handed out some coloring pages to give the “Can Dos” a break from all their worrying. Then she called each one of the “Can Do” kids who had a problem up to her desk to meet with her privately.

She offered those with problems with reading and writing after school tutoring to help them catch up with the rest of the class.

Kathy promised to participate in the school breakfast program at school, or carry an energy bar to school, eating it on the way, or getting up earlier to eat breakfast at home.

Miss Pat gave Bobby a choice of either moving his seat away from his other classmates, so he wouldn’t bother them while they were trying to listen to Miss Pat teaching, or staying where he was and working on paying attention and allowing others to pay attention. He asked to be allowed to stay where he was, promising to pay attention.

Nellie was not sure what she should do to get better at sharing. Miss Pat suggests that Nellie allow others to take their share of the group supplies before she takes her share. Then Nellie came up with an idea, every day she would share at least one thing…a cookie, note paper, a pencil, crayons.

After everyone had met with Miss Pat, she said to the class, “I am certain that those of you who had a problem on your report cards, will do better next marking period. Those of you, who did well on your report cards, well, keep up the good work!”

Children Who Read and Speak Differently

Friday, February 27th, 2015

childrenDo you know that some children read with their fingers and other children speak with their hands?

Mickey, one of the “Can Do” characters, can’t see. He is blind. We spoke about him and his dog, Muggins, in an earlier blog.

Mickey goes to a school where he learns all the things that you learn in your school. The big difference is Mickey reads with his fingers. As he moves his fingers over sets of raised dots on a page, he can read letters and numerals. This kind of reading is called Braille.

Deaf children are children who cannot hear. Since they cannot hear how others speak, it may be difficult for them to speak the way you do. Some deaf children may use their hands to speak.

Those who use their hands to speak often attend schools or classes where they learn to use sign language and finger spell the alphabet to talk with their friends and family.children

Blind or deaf children may need to learn different ways of reading or talking, but they are smart and love to do things other children do. Most importantly…they are good friends to have. Why you can even learn a new language or  a new way of reading!

 

Good Habits…Yucky Habits

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Miss pat and good habitsMiss Pat came up with a quiz about good habits.

As she handed out the quiz she said, “I am handing out a quiz about good habits. In the left column there is a list of yucky habits and in the right column there is a list of good habits. Draw a line between the yucky habit to the good habit in the right column. Anyone who gets 10 or more answers correct will win a coloring book. I just got a shipment of brand new coloring books in yesterday “

The thought of winning a new coloring book caught everyone’s attention.

Eulyn raised her hand and when Miss Pat called on her she asked,”Miss Pat what are habits?”

Miss Pat smiled and said, “Good question. Can anyone tell Eulyn what a habit is?” Arthur J raised his hand and said, “I think it is something you do so often that sometimes you don’t even know your doing it, like drumming on the table with your fingers, or picking your nose.”

Miss Pat answered, “Good explanation, Arthur J. I will just add that some habits are good habits that we need to keep, like brushing our teeth after meals and before bedtime and other habits are yucky, like picking our noses, and we need to change those habits.”

Why don’t you see how you do in taking the habits quiz along with the “Can Dos”.  Ask a parent or other adult to check your answers.

Good luck on making good choices!

Picking your nose                                   clip them

Belching out loud                                   flush

Picking food up with hands             throw in trash

Biting nails                                             blow into tissue

Drinking milk from frig.                    put in garbage

Wiping nose on  sleeve                        use utensils

Coughing at someone                          cover mouth

Spitting in street                                     wash hands

Throwing food wrappers                   use a tissue

Not flushing the toilet                         use a glass

Throwing  paper on floor                   use a tissue

Not washing hands                           cough in sleeve

Matches are for Fire not for Fun

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

Hector rang Willie’s bell. Whenever it rained or snowed, or was too cold to play outside Hector and Orrie went over to Willie’s for a play date. Willie opened the door looking like a kid who was in trouble, big time. Before Willie could say anything, Grandma Hattie called out, “Have the boys come in for milk and cookies.”

Hector and Orrie followed Willie into the kitchen where Grandma Hattie had the table set with her famous chocolate chip cookies and glasses of milk. Hector and Orrie knew something was up because Willie wasn’t making eye contact with them and he hadn’t said a word since he let them in the house.

After they gathered around the table, Grandma Hattie said, “Boys, I didn’t want you to come all this way and then turn you away without at least having  snack. Willie cannot have a play date today. He is being punished.” Willie’s head went down. Orrie looked at him sympathetically and Hector thought to himself…wow, someone else is in trouble besides me.

MATCHES

“Willie,” said Grandma Hattie,”Do you want to tell your friends why you are being punished, or shall I?” Willie answered, “I’ll tell. I did something really stupid. I played with matches and a candle in my bedroom and set the rug on fire.”

Before Hector could catch himself, he blurted out, “Wow, that was dumb. I do stupid things all the time, but I never play with matches. What were you thinking, Willie? Orrie jumped in, saying, “Hector, that’s not nice to say,. Willie feels bad enough already.”

Willie’s lower lip started trembling and a tear rolled down his face. He said,”I burnt a hole, that can’t be mended, in the rag rug that Grandma Hattie made me. I could have burnt the house down. I’m lucky the smoke detector went off and Grandma came running.

When the firemen came, they put out the fire and then they gave me a good talking to about playing with matches. Boy was I scared and ashamed and I felt so stupid!”

Hector started gobbling up cookies; he always ate when he was nervous. Orrie couldn’t finish his cookie; he always lost his appetite, even for cookies, when he was nervous.

Everyone finished their snack in silence, then Grandma Hattie said,”It’s time to go boys. Willie, please walk your friends to the door.”

On the way to the door, Hector’s curiosity got the best of him and he asked, “So, what’s your punishment for playing with matches?” Before Willie could answer, Orrie broke in, “That’s none of our business, Hector.”

When they got to the door, Willie asked them to please not tell anyone about him playing with matches. Hector and Orrie promised. “See you in school,” said Willie, “I won’t be going anywhere for awhile, not even out to play.”

On the way home, Orrie turned to Hector and said,”I am so glad Willie is okay.” “Yeah, said Hector, “I guess now he will never forget what Fireman Phil always says when he comes to class to talk about fire safety.”

They both repeated Fireman Phil’s saying, “Matches are for fire, not for fun.”

School Bus Safety

Monday, February 9th, 2015

The “Can Do” Kids all came to attention when Policewoman Paula came into the classroom.“Good afternoon Miss Pat,” said Policewoman Paula.

“Good afternoon Policewoman Paula,” answered Miss Pat.

“Thank you for coming to speak to the class about school bus safety, said Miss Pat.”We are taking a class trip tomorrow and I want the children to be on their best behavior on the school bus we rented for the trip. Not all of my class takes a bus to school. Many of them walk or come by car, with a parent. I am not sure everyone knows how to behave on a school bus.”

Policewoman Paula smiled and said, “I’m happy to speak to the class about school bus safety. Let me begin by saying that those of you who ride the school bus every day need to set an example for your classmates who don’t ride the school bus regularly. Everyone must follow the regular safety rules for bus riders. They are:

  • No talking at all near a railroad crossingbus
  • No loud talking
  • Keep feet under you and arms close to your body
  • Put books and book bags where they cannot fall
  • Avoid talking to the driver except when the bus is stopped or in an emergency
  • Sit quietly in your seat until the trip ends
  • NEVER stick anything out the bus window or throw things out of it.
  • Never lean on windows and never open them without permission from the driver

There are a few other things you all need to remember when taking a class trip:

  • Make sure you know when and where the bus will leave and be there in plenty of time.
  • Once you get where you are going, always stay with your group.
  • When you get where you are going remember to pay attention to the bus you arrived on in case there are many buses parked there when it is time to go home.

Class, if you remember to practice these school bus safety behaviors you will have a safe, fun trip”!

Miss Pat thanked Policewoman Paula for coming and the class thanked her too. As Policewoman Paula was leaving she turned and said, “Have a great time. I wish I were going with you.”

Source: School Bus Safety – Owen Sound Police Service, Ontario Canada bus