Throughout the year, conflict has been an unlying theme of the Peace & Unity classroom. During our first unit of inquiry, we discussed relationships and friendship. Through this discussions, we learned and thought about peer conflict. Throughout the school year, we have seen these friendships grow and flourish. At the end of our school year, we have now come full circle.
For our last unit, we have been reading and discussing a lot of stories. Through these stories, children are discussing and analyzing our actions have consequences. We have seen children’s understanding of actions and consequences grow.
As we close out our final unit and edge closer to the end of the school year, we have been stepping back in the classroom and looking for the application of actions and consequences in peer conflicts. Students have been using their words, removing themselves from negative peer situation or seeking teacher support when necessary.
We are extremely excited by all social-emotional growth in the Peace & Unity classroom. Teachers are continuing to support social-emotional learning by:
- Monitoring peers situation to ensure safety for all classroom members.
- Allowing children the time, space, and freedom to problem solve peer conflicts themselves. Teachers only intervene when necessary.
- Discuss peer conflicts through realistic oral stories at group meetings and through fictional stories read at circle time.
Ways you can help at home:
- Discussing school at home with your child. Learn about their friends.
- Empower your children to solve problems themselves. Discuss different strategies such as using their words, walking away, or seeking teacher help.
- Arrange for more playdates to allow for more opportunities for peer problem-solving.
- Model positive social problem-solving at home.
- Communicate with teachers when there are questions about peer conflicts. Our door is always open.
If you would like to know more about conflict in the early years, here is an amazing article.
- May 7th-11th– Student Led Conferences. Please, sign-up if you have not already done so.
- May 28th– End of Year Show. More details to come soon.