Today was quite the rainy and cold day at lunch. It was so bad, that we decided to give the students the option of being inside if they were not prepared for the weather.
Primary students (grades K to grade 3) were able to stay inside their classrooms after they completed their lunch. Their lunch monitors stayed with them and assisted with quiet games or reading. Some children elected to go outside and play on the primary playground.
Students in grades 4 or 5 were able to be outside or in the library. Students in grades 6 or 7 were given an additional option, hanging out inside the west wing with me.
I find it interesting how some students were able to find something to do when it is an inside day, while others were not successful at finding a quiet activity on their own. Are students no longer to keep themselves entertained without a screen? Do they need structure and supervision to play calm games at school?
Not everyone does need help. Some students played board games (Sorry, Monopoly and Operation). Some worked on their art projects, while others tried to solve some puzzles. A few of us even tried out juggling.
Some students played outside for 45 minutes, and they were rather wet when they came in. If your child is coming home today in clothes that are soaking wet, then they made a choice to go play in the rain, run in the puddles, and in a few cases, sit down directly in a puddle.
Rainy days can be really fun for some children. We allow them to go outside, but we do ask that perhaps, in the future, you can send a change of clothes with them just in case they get wet.
The weather is getting colder, and we will be outside almost every day. Please remember to remind your children to dress properly for being outside during recess and lunch.
Have a great weekend.