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We asked the participating Grade 1 teachers to share their thoughts of the ROE program. This is what they said.
“I teach grade one language arts at Wakefield school this year. I am caring, generous, outgoing and excited about this program and looking forward to seeing it evolve.
The Roots of Empathy program brings smiles, giggles, curiosity and excitement within our students.
Students are always looking forward to seeing baby Ira and his mom Jen.
Baby Ira is fantastic, curious and likes to see all the little faces around the green carpet during his visits.
The Roots of Empathy program is not only happening at school, some parents even commented on how much their child keeps talking about it at home and how much fun it is.
I am hoping the Roots of Empathy program will accomplish some positive gains in terms of student awareness, kindness and create or grow more empathy among each other in our class and other students within our school.”
“This is my sixth year teaching Cycle 1 at Wakefield Elementary School. I live in Masham with my husband, a dog and a cat. We have a blended family with 5 adult children, 4 grandchildren and another one due in April.
I have been extremely lucky to teach cycle one students for over 25 years. I am always reflecting on my teaching practices and willing to integrate new ideas into the classroom. I became involved in ROE due to my curiosity about the benefits of the program for my students and because it is hands-on and involves real-life experiences.
The students are enjoying all aspects of the program but especially when the mother and baby visit. They are excited to interact with baby Ryder and observe his growth each month. The students are engaged in singing, choosing toys for him, making him smile and trying to get his attention. They are eagerly participating in conversations comparing and making connections between their development and baby Ryder.
There are numerous literacy connections that are made during each pre and post baby visit. Beautiful picture books, rich discussions and writing are also important parts of the program. The grade one students are absolutely involved in Roots of Empathy.”