“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!
Empathy is the feeling that you understand and share another person’s experiences and emotions.
Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes.
Empathy makes the world a better place.
Practice empathy by being observant of others, using active listening and donating a pair of new or gently used shoes for Soles to Souls.
Our book of the month is The Yellow Star by Carmen Deedy. After reading and listening to the Legend of King Christian X of Denmark, explain why the author titled the book The Yellow Star. What does the yellow star symbolize?
Black Friday. Cyber Monday. Everyone is out looking for great deals on holiday presents. Don’t fall into this shopping craze. Use some imagination and creativity with Mrs. McBride’s monthly challenge, The Paper Bag Challenge. Save money and the environment! All entries are due Monday, December 17th.
Sunday, November 11th is Veterans Day. Our book of the month, America’s White Table. Listen to the significance of each item placed on the table and how Katie comes to understand and appreciate the depth of sacrifice that her uncle, members of the Armed Forces and their families have to make.
It is important Americans give thanks for their freedom. The perfect way to do this is by thanking our active troops, our veterans, our heroes. It is important to show gratitude toward those who serve. Consider writing a card to send to a veteran.
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.
Ina Fields, the math scarecrow stopped into our classroom today and had us working hard on multiplication word problems! How many buttons, how many patches? On 5 scarecrows? On 7 scarecrows? Students worked together and used their strategies to solve problems together.