Here’s more about this week’s featured classroom:
Teacher: Jennifer Jettner
What makes your classroom special? We are a kindergarten family. In our classroom we are a community. Each person is equally important and brings different strengths and energy to our classroom. We treat each other with kindness and respect. We practice patience and learn that each and every person has unique gifts to share.
In addition to the curriculum, what are some things you teach your students? In our classroom I spend time each day teaching the boys the girls the importance of moving their bodies and using their breath to slow down their brain so that they are ready to learn. We use yoga poses and songs to waken up and become energized as well as to relax and focus. I also teach them a variety of breathing techniques and mindfulness lessons. We learn about the different parts of the brain and how the brain works to help us learn. I use components of the YogaKids and MindUp curriculum.
What special project is your classroom working on now? Right now at the beginning part of the year we are learning how to “do school.” We are learning how to share, communicate, walk in a line and become life long learners. We are building the foundation of their education falling in love with the magic of learning.
How is your classroom involved with the community? Last year our entire school grew vegetables in the Holmes greenhouse and then planted them in the community garden at the People Center in Spring Lake. It was a meaningful way to connect to the earth and get dirty as well as learn where our food comes from.
How do you hope what your students are learning now will affect their future? I am hopeful that when my students leave my classroom they know exactly how special and important they are to each other and to this planet. They celebrate their unique differences and share kindness and compassion with others and with our Earth. I want them to leave knowing that they make a difference. I want them to strive to be the best versions of themselves and to know that they have support from the school community around them.