Pre-Prep Blog Archive
Published on: Tuesday, January 29, 2019
A couple of weeks ago, we learned that we can s-t-r-e-t-c-h our brains by listening to our ‘What If Buddies’. We have been really impressed with all the stories the children have told us since about when they have found themselves in a situation where the ‘What if Monster’ has been trying to stop them from doing something new in case things go wrong or because it might be scary and of how they have listened to their ‘What If Buddy’ instead.
Last week, we thought about the importance of setting ourselves challenges and then working towards achieving them. We discussed how this can sometimes be very hard to do as things can often go wrong along the way and it may sometimes make you feel like you want to ‘give up’. We read the book, ‘The Most Magnificent Thing’ by Ashley Spires to help us understand that by tackling challenges a step at a time and by being supportive of each other even the biggest challenges don’t seem quite as challenging!
We also learnt a song called, ‘Every Step Counts’, which reminds us that with every step we take, no matter how small, we are moving on and in the direction of achieving what we have set out to achieve.
We are now interested to hear about all the things the children want to achieve and how they might challenge themselves to succeed and be magnificent!
Fantastic Elastic Brains!
Published on: Monday, January 21, 2019
Our theme in assemblies this term is developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ and we started last week by thinking about our brains using the book, ‘Your Fantastic Elastic Brain’ by JoAnn Deak. We found out that our brains are made up of different parts, each with a different job to do. We also found out about neurons and how they whizz around our brains carrying messages. Most importantly we learnt that we can s-t-r-e-t-c-h our brains to make them super brains!
Stretching our brains can be difficult, especially if we listen to the ‘What If Monster’ who can whisper in our ear lots of things that make us worry about getting things wrong or about not being very good at something. The ‘What If Monster’ stops us from trying which won’t help us stretch our brains.
We are going to try to listen to the ‘What If Buddy’ instead who whispers in our ears things to help us keep trying, even when things go wrong, because we know that every time we try to do something our brain stretches a little bit more and will keep on stretching until we have succeeded. The brilliant thing is that once we have stretched our brain to remember something it won’t forget it so all the hard work is definitely worthwhile!
The Best Things in Life Are Free!
Published on: Monday, January 14, 2019
As 2019 dawned in Pre-Prep last week and we all made some well-intentioned New Year promises, the children were also invited to share their Christmas holiday highlights. I was expecting to hear tales of all the wonderful and amazing presents Father Christmas had delivered to their homes so was somewhat surprised when only a handful of children mentioned presents. Instead they spoke of days out with their families, spending the whole day in their pyjamas and even seeing one of their classmates in Sainsbury’s! As a teacher I was surprised and as a parent I found it quite humbling having once again spent a small fortune on my own children’s Christmas wish lists to realise it will have been the days we spent together snuggled under duvets watching films that will have been the true highlight of the season for them.
I now just need to remember this in about 11 months’ time when the 2019 Christmas lists are being composed!