March

March: Flexibility
The ability to see what's not working and change your actions to achieve a goal

In March, students will learn the importance of stopping to think about what they are doing and why. They will understand that you can't keep doing the same thing and expect different results. We will practice self-reflection, recognizing and discussing both positive and negative situations that we have contributed to. As members of a community, we will accept that we can't always get our way. We will be open to alternatives, and value different perspectives.


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Home-to-School Connection
Practice flexibility at home with your child! Please choose from the following options or create
your own.


Make time to talk, take time to listen...
Select as many questions as you would like to discuss. These questions are intended to serve as a starting point for you and your child to learn more about yourselves and each other.

PS41/MarchTalkWhat does it mean to be flexible?
How can you be flexible at school?How can you be flexible at home?
When is it okay not to be flexible or to be rigid?
When is it most difficult to be flexible?
How can you become a more flexible thinker?
If the world was full of flexible thinkers, what would be the same or different? 
How could flexibility positively impact our environment? 

           

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Activities

  • Change Up! - Create a list of tasks that you often do the same way. (ex. Route you take to school, recipe, spots at the dinner table) Choose one item from the list and try doing it in a different way. Discuss how you felt after. Is there a best way to complete that task? Was there any benefit from doing it differently? 

  • Quotes - Read and discuss any of the following quotes. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” - Albert Einstein 

“We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details….” - Jeff Bezos

“There can be no life without change, and to be afraid of what is different or unfamiliar is to be afraid of life.” - Theodore Roosevelt

“Be infinitely flexible and constantly amazed.” - Jason Kravitz

  • For more ideas, check out the 5 Fun Activities link below... 


Recommended ReadsPS41/MarchCharactEdStar2

Find a book that you think is most appropriate to read with your child, from some of our favorites... 

Pre-Kindergarten - 2nd Grade
Have Fun Molly Lou Melon (Patty Lovell)
Jamaica and Brianna (Juanita Havill)
Little Cloud (Eric Carle)
Me First (Helen Lester)
The Big Orange Splot (Daniel Manus Pinkwater)
The Tortoise and the Hare
When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry (Molly Bang)

3rd Grade - 5th Grade
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible No Good Very Bad Day (Judith Viorst and Ray Cruz)
Bailey Goes Camping (Kevin Henkes)
Bootsie Barker Bites (Barbara Bottner)
Chester's Way (Kevin Henkes)
Common Ground: The Water, Earth, and Air We Share (Molly Bang)
Enemy Pie (Derek Munson)
Frederick (Leo Lionni)
He Came With The Couch (David Slonim)
Holes (Lois Sachar)
It's Mine (Leo Lionni)
Peter and the Wolf (Sergei Prokofiev)
Sheila Rae, the Brave (Kevin Henkes)

Additional Resources for Parents
5 Fun Activities for Developing Kids' Flexibility Skills



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