Tuesday, June 16, 2015

'Circle of Friends' with Whea Shelley

Every Tuesday morning, Whea Shelley (Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour) comes into the classroom to teach us about a programme called 'Circle Time.'  She has been teaching us about how to build a positive learning environment within our classroom, school and community.  We are learning how to show respect for others, to be kind to others, and to think more about how our actions can affect those around us.  Below are some parts of the puzzle that might help you understand the programme.  Parents/caregivers may wish to discuss these with your child while reinforcing these positive strategies at home.   

Circle Time’ is an approach that:
·      supports children to develop a wide range of skills and attitudes such as confidence, self-esteem, speaking and listening, concentrating, thinking, and looking (attending).
·      encourages the development of problem-solving, self-discipline and assertive communication skills.
·      helps children to strengthen positive relationships with others and enhance pro-social and friendship skills.
·      aims to develop specific behaviours to show caring and respect towards each other (e.g. ‘to be kind when others make mistakes’).

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