RR Reader’s Theatre, CPE Communications and 5/6 Character Building (M&W)

From Ms. Newell-
In Reader’s Theater this week, we practiced improv through a few different games. We have been utilizing improv to help us gain confidence in projecting our voices as well as gain an understanding of timing, delivery, and comedic use.

In Communications this week, we continued to explore our brains and the emotions part of our brains. Last week we learned that the hippocampus, amygdala, and other parts of our temporal lobes play a role in our emotional memories as well as influencing how we experience emotions. This week we talked about using our “thinking” brain (prefrontal cortex) instead of our “feelings” brain when we are upset or overwhelmed. We also talked about the difference between having self-control and ignoring our feelings. All the students had some wonderful insights into how they experience emotions and were excited to learn about some grounding techniques to help us identify what emotions we are experiencing so that we can use them appropriately.

One of our kids brought up a great verse during this discussion: “Proverbs 29:11: Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” This is a good reminder that using self-control when experiencing emotions allows us to calm our anxieties and leads us towards choosing productive ways to utilize our big feelings.

5/6 Character Building can continue to read ahead in The Westing Game if they desire. We have finished Chapter 2 as a class. Enough characters have been identified at this point that students should have begun to create a list of all the characters that have been in the story and anything noteworthy about those characters. For example, the character Sandy McSouthers was introduced to us in Chapter 1 and we find out in Chapter 2 that he is the doorman. He’s been described as cheerful and helpful. But then in Chapter 2 we also see him gossiping and complaining. Noting these character qualities of him and others will allow us to begin building an understanding of the various character traits of the people in the book and will help us in identifying who committed the crime.

Blessings, Angela Turner, Director