Thursday, January 23, 2014

Are you Flexible or Inflexible?

This month we've been talking all about the terms "flexible" and "inflexible."  The kids are amazed to learn that so many ordinary everyday items are flexible (think erasers, rubber bands, lego figures) and that things that are inflexible can often break easily (pencils, crayons, sticks). We have been applying these concepts to our bodies, which are all flexible to a certain degree, but even more importantly to our minds. If our minds are flexible, then we are really strong. We read The Zax by Dr. Seuss, and talked about the characters' inflexible thinking and the trouble it leads to. We will continue applying this concept to everyday situations the students encounter in peer interactions where flexibility is needed: who will go first in a game? Which color game piece will I be? How will I react if I lose? Who is first in line? And so on. So the next time your child acts a little "Rock-Brainish" remind him or her of the term flexible and how it makes us a stronger person.


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