“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” ~ Dalai Lama
This month at Cottage Lane we are focusing on compassion. At today’s assembly, we discussed the meaning of compassion and how we can show compassion in school, at home and in the world. Our Compassion Cards encourage us to perform random acts of compassion. From the Smile Train Fundraiser to Valentine’s for Veterans, our compassion can make a difference in the lives of others.
Our book of the month, Each Kindness by Jacqueline Woodson, gives a lesson about how even small acts of kindness can change the world. The main character realizes the lost opportunity for friendship and thinks about how much better it could have been if a little compassion was shown toward others.
Remember…Don’t be a wrinkle in someone else’s heart. Instead…make time this month to complete your compassion cards. Together we can fill our hallway heart!
We can a learn a lot about perseverance from Martin Luther King, Jr. On Monday, January 21st we observe his birthday and honor all of his accomplishments. Listen to Kid President’s video on how King taught us that things won’t always be awesome, but your response can be.
Remember, things don’t always have to be they are. We can change them! Kids can change them.
Let’s enjoy some creative writing. A diamante poems is an unrhymed seven-line poem. The beginning and ending lines are the shortest, while the lines in the middle are longer, giving diamante poems a diamond shape. “Diamante” is the Italian word for diamond, so this poetic form is named for this diamond shape.
A diamante poem is made up of 7 lines using a set structure:
Line 1: Beginning subject Line 2: Two describing words about line 1 Line 3: Three doing words about line 1 Line 4: A short phrase about line 1, a short phrase about line 7 Line 5: Three doing words about line 7 Line 6: Two describing words about line 7 Line 7: End subject
An example of a diamante poem
Pedaling, spinning, weaving
Whizzing round corners, zooming along roads
Racing, roaring, speeding
Read Write Think is a great resource to help you develop your diamante poem.
It is our job as teachers to give you time to grapple with problems and make your brains work – Cultivating a Growth Mindset. Sometime in life, people have no choice. Their whole lives can be a struggle. These inspirational stories are more about physical struggles but deliver the same message about not giving up!
This month we celebrate Thanksgiving and Veterans Day. It is important to show gratitude for your own happiness, health, relationships and impact on the world.
Cottage Lane will be growing a gratitude tree. The gratitude tree will show everyone that we appreciate the small things in life, are grateful for everything they have, are mindful of the things that are going right in their lives and hold people in our lives close to our hearts.
In your writing journal write dailygratitude responses. Feel free to go above and beyond and say thank you to others, write them a letter and share that letter with them. After 7 days of gratitude responses, receive a leaf for your teacher and add it to the CLE gratitude tree. If you need writing prompts, try these:
It was a good moment today when __________________.
I’m glad I had the opportunity to _________________ this week.
Thinking about _______________ makes me feel good.
I like seeing _______________________ in nature.
I’m grateful I’ve accomplished ________________ in my life.
I learned _________________ from a challenge.
______________ always makes me smile.
Additional gratitude writing prompts can be found here.