As part of our lead-up to developing classroom rules, the Magical Minds spent two days reflecting on and sharing their hopes and dreams for this school year.
We begin with a reading of The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, a heart-warming tale of a little girl, Vashti, who doesn't believe she can draw. We discuss what Vashti's hopes and dreams might have been and how she eventually helps others achieve their dreams.
The children return to their seats for some 'quiet think time,' as they reflect on the following questions borrowed from The First Six Weeks of School by P. Denton and R. Kriete.
Once they are finished, the Magical Minds used scrap paper and pencils to design a template for a magical wand that would wield their most important hope/dream.
They made stars, and we discussed "beautiful oopses" when they turned out "wonky." There were suns and diamonds. With their templates in hand, each child was given a sheet of construction paper to build their final magic wand. After posing for some fabulous photos, the Magical Minds posted their wishes on the cork-board outside our classroom. It is a beautiful display of our combined hopes and dreams.
Do you have a goal at home?
What hope/dream do you have in your life outside of school?