May’s Focus: Making Good Choices

In the month of May, the weather gets warmer and our learning and playtime at school  become more active in many ways. And so, it is the perfect time to emphasize the importance of making good choices as a school community. At our recent H.E.A.R.T. Assembly, we examined how the skill of making good choices connects very closely to self-control, a habit we introduced in September and worked hard to practice all year.

We also discussed how the work of showing self-control and making good choices is challenging and it’s important to rely on helpful tools (like H.E.A.R.T.) and other strategies to guide us.  In the month of May, we will focus on asking ourselves three important questions – Is it safe? Is it respectful? Is it kind? – before making a choice.

This month’s schoolwide read-aloud for making good choices is What Should Danny Do? by Ganit and Adir Levy. In this book, students will meet a boy named Danny who makes a lot of poor choices across the day, but then reflects, “I wonder what I could have done to make my day better?” It will be up to our thoughtful students to help him find the answer! It is our goal that as the children examine how Danny’s choices impacted his day, they will also learn a great deal about their own power to choose.

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