This is, hands down, the kids favorite part of the day. Mine too, honestly!! This is our social-emotional learning time. We have just recently started incorporating our Second Step program that focuses on a variety of life skills: listening, problem solving, empathy, etc. It is wonderful!! During this time, we do a mini lesson together, then the kiddos get to choose their work area and get busy! Work areas range from art, to science, to collaborative games! We LOVE it!! We focus on specific character traits and read mentor texts that help support our learning. Our most recent character trait was "Optimistic". You'll notice in one of these pictures, that a sweet kinder friend is writing down some of our character traits! Heart melt! The kids work on engineering tasks, art projects and a variety of skills all while focusing on collaboration! Below: friends practicing sight words together, character trait lists, building a mouse trap together, and creating beds for goldilocks!