Self-Belief

Self-belief is about having an inner confidence that enables people to understand their purpose in life. It also helps us to realise that our beliefs shape our actions.

Self belief is how we value ourselves; it is how we perceive our value to the world and how valuable we think we are to others. Self-esteem is similar to self-confidence and refers to the confidence in one’s own worth or abilities and affects our trust in others, our relationships, our work – nearly every part of our lives.

The VIA Character Strength that we take Self-Belief from is Spirituality – a tricky concept for children to understand. “If Spirituality is your top strength you have strong and coherent beliefs about the higher purpose and meaning of the universe. You know where you fit in the larger scheme. Your beliefs shape your actions and are a source of comfort to you”.  http://www.viacharacter.org/www/character-strengths/spirituality

Two picture story books that I use to demonstrate self belief (spirituality) to children  are Matt Ottley’s Miss Millie’s Painting and Mem Fox’s Possum Magic. 

 

        

Gratitude with Toni Powell

On Monday night, I attended a presentation by author, Tony Powell. She was introduced as a person whose wisdom, honesty and rawness gave her an ability to connect with people. What an accurate description this was!

Tony talked about how to reduce the elephants (the things that come in and trample on your happy life) in our lives. She described how dealing with anxiety and fear can be done by talking yourself, or your child, through what they are afraid of so that they understand that their fear is unlikely to happen. Toni gave the example of monsters under the bed.

She talked about the importance of finding activities that take you into “the zone,” such as surfing, walking and dancing, to calm yourself. Toni explained that if you are worried about something, the situation doesn’t have to change but you can change your thinking to help yourself.

Toni spoke about gratitude and how it can change your life. According to Toni, gratitude can be used in any situation and is the best bet for a happier life. We are the architects of our own brains and our thoughts and emotions effect our brain structure (or neural pathways). If you are constantly putting your mind to stress or anger, you will create default patterns in your mind. However, if you use mental discipline to cultivate gratitude on a regular basis you are, in effect, training your brain and improving your life in a profound way.

So, yesterday in our staff meeting, the importance of gratitude was spoken of. When I asked my students, at the end of the day, today, what the best thing about their day was, many said that writing down a list of things that they were grateful for was. And they said this with a big, happy smile!

   

 

Toni with her book; “The Yellow Car.”

http://www.abc.net.au/austory/specials/lettherebelight/default.htm

http://www.happyandwell.com.au/words-toni-powell-5-reasons-gratitude-drug

Friendship – Emotional Literacy

Emotional Literacy is the ability to understand and express feelings. It involves having self-awareness and recognition of one’s own feelings and knowing how to manage them. Emotional Literacy is also about recognising and understanding the emotions of others so that you can figure out what they are feeling. Empathy (noticing what other people are feeling) is strongly linked to emotional literacy. According to research, emotional literacy is associated with children who are smarter, nicer, happier and more resilient.

Teaching students emotional literacy such as how to recognise their feelings and how to deal with them are essential skills for their success in life. Research has shown that emotional intelligence or EQ “predicts over 54% of the variation in success (relationships, effectiveness, health, quality of life).” Additional data concludes that “young people with high EQ earn higher grades, stay in school, and make healthier choices.”

We teach Emotional Literacy within the Friendship character strength because students with high emotional intelligence are going to make the best type of friends.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/…/why-we-need-teach-kids-emotional-intelligence

 

 

 

 

Silly Science incursion

Today was our silly science incursion. We learnt a lot of new things for our science education.

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It was sticky, it was gooey, it was slime. In our incursion we made slime, we got to take the slime home after we made it. Did you know that nonutoniaviscoelastic fluid means slime?image

POP! The rocket shot out of the beaker. We found out that if you mix bi-carb soda and vinegar together, shake it and put a small rocket on top, the rocket will shoot up.

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CLICK! The magnets clicked together. It was time to fish for magnets! We were aloud to catch five fish and then we had to move to the next rotation.

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SNAP! The magnets snapped together as we built the tunnels to pull the metal through. As we pulled the magnets through we wondered what mak s the metal attract to the magnets.

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Drip, drip, drip, how many pencils can you stick through the bag full of water with out it leaking? 1,2,3, we got a lot.

It was so much fun!!😊

By Ella and Stella

Summarising

This week the reading strategy that we have been focussing on has been summarising. We have been looking at non fiction texts and learning how to take notes to record the main ideas in texts. WE looked at topic sentences and key words and different ways of taking notes.

 

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We watched an interesting film on the Murray river and learnt about how important this river is for many different reasons.

Some of us took notes on our new whiteboard table.

Science experiment

We are learning about all things science this term and today we decided to do an experiment to see what happened when we mixed oil and water. The first experiment was a bit of a disaster because all of the food dye came out of the oil and sank down into the water. It ended black. WE did it a second time and decided not to put colour in with the oil which meant that the separation between the oil and water was more obvious.

WE wrote the experiment up in our Writer’s Notebooks. Looking forward to doing another experiment tomorrow!!

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What’s your favourite experiment so far?

Science works!!!

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On Wednesday we all went to Scienceworks because our Inquiry topic this term is how changes in temperature effect solids, liquids and gases.

We were able to look at the different exhibitions such as Sportworks and Think Ahead. We went to the Planetarium and learnt about the seasons and the night sky (identifying the stars in the Southern Hemisphere).

The highlight for me was the presentation at the Science Stage. Gordon did a few different experiments using liquid nitrogen. When he mixed water with dishwashing liquid the bubbles became frozen. He explained that liquid nitrogen is extremely cold and when it comes into contact with the dishwashing liquid most of the nitrogen disappears, it changes its state, contracts and spreads around.

He put liquid nitrogen into a bottle, then put a balloon on top. The cold air inside mixed with the warm air and caused the balloon to blow up.

When solids (such as a metal ring) were placed in liquid nitrogen it contracted slightly and could fit through the ring but once the ring went back to its normal state, it could not fit through.

A squash ball and blutac nail, placed into liquid nitrogen became so hard and brittle, that they could be smashed by a mallet!

We learnt that when gases cool down, they contract, when they warm up, they expand.

It was fascinating!!

What was your favourite part of the day?

The Little Mermaid

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We had an entertaining performance of The Little Mermaid today!

The story was one that we all knew but it was such a great experience for us all having live entertainment with real actors! The costumes were colourful, the music was loud and I really liked the way the actors asked the audience questions to keep us engaged! It was a mesmerising performance!

What did you enjoy most about the performance?

Sharing our writing

Today 3A visited one of the prep grades to share our recently published picture story books. We had been looking forward to doing this! The books were written with a younger audience in mind and we think that the preps really enjoyed listening to our stories and seeing the pictures that matched the words.

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What did you enjoy about sharing your Picture Story Book?