We had so much fun starting our day with 20 minutes of physical activity! My students only needed a minute or two to settle down when we returned the classroom, and I really saw a noticeable difference in their energy levels. Relative to last year, my students this year are younger. Last year I had 5 students who turned 6 in December, and by March over half of my class (more than 10 students) was 6! Tomorrow is the first day of April, and only 6 of my students are already 6! The age difference may not sound like a big deal to anyone besides parents and kindergarten teachers, but I can tell my students this year have extra energy to burn, so we do even more singing and dancing than last year (who knew it was possible?!). As a result, playing a game this morning with Miss Smith and her students helped burn some of that energy and let our bodies and brains really focus on learning.
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...The learning didn't stop there though. Students then wrote notes to Miss Smith and her class to thank them for playing with us, and tomorrow each student will have a nice surprise waiting on his/her desk: a personal response from a 5th grader. I can't wait to see their faces when they find their letters!
To say that Miss Smith is awesome is an understatement--I am so glad my students spent time with her students since I know they now have great role models to look up to at school!