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Friday, January 30, 2015
Superflex and Rockbrain
As we continue to learn about and practice self control, we will introduce two new characters in Peace Class in the month of February: Superflex and Rockbrain. Both of these characters are from the wonderful curriculum of Stephanie Madrigal and Michelle Garcia Winner that teaches young children cognitive-behavioral strategies for thinking about and managing their own behaviors. We will be learning all about the words "flexible" and "inflexible" (for more on that, see my previous blog post), and how to apply these concepts to our thoughts and actions. We will learn how Superflex uses his flexible thinking strategies to defeat Rockbrain, his nemesis who likes to invade brains and get them stuck on ideas, and how they can practice the same strategies when getting "stuck" cognitively at
school or home. Do you have a child who refuses to turn off the video games when it's time for homework? Who only wants to eat plain pasta night after night? Who has to sit in the same spot to watch TV and gets upset if someone else "takes it?" That's Rockbrain at work! As the month goes on, look out for strategies and phrases you can use to help your child "defeat" Rockbrain and be super flexible all the time. They will be coming home with your child as we learn about these concepts in school. As always, please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns! -Jillian