On March 9th, we had our celebration related to our learning about the 7 Sacred Teachings. Aboriginal inspired artwork, writing about the teachings and Miss Lisa’s drum song were celebrated. Thank you to Mr. Hoeppner and Mrs. Steinhoff’s classes for making bannock for all our staff and students! If you would like to make bannock at home, please see the recipe in this link:
What do the Seven Sacred Teachings Mean to You?
During the month of February, the Students of Radisson School spent time learning about the Seven Sacred Teachings, specifically, Love, Truth, Honesty, Respect, Humility, Wisdom, and Courage.
What does love mean to you?
The morning kindergarten class learned about Love which is represented by the Eagle. They can show love by hugging someone, caring for others, helping your sister or brother, helping someone without a home, picking up toys in your room, helping your family, kissing your parents and playing with someone that doesn’t have anyone to play with.
What does truth mean to you?
· Not lying
· Telling the truth
· Talking about what you did wrong
· Telling the teacher what happened and not lying
· Doing the right thing
· Focusing on telling the truth when you can’t
· You have courage to tell the truth
· You should never lie because if you do you will get in trouble
· This is what the afternoon Kindergarten’s learned about Truth which is represented by the Turtle.
What does honesty mean to you?
Have you ever done something wrong and then admitted you did it, instead of lying? Well, that shows honesty, for not doing the wrong thing. Sometimes it’s hard to show honesty, when you have done the wrong thing. The Grade 1’s recently learned about honesty which is represented by the Sabe. To them, honesty means . . .
· telling the truth
· not lying
· being yourself
· admitting you did it
The Grade 1’s learned that honesty is important and the right decision to make.
What does Respect mean to you?
We interviewed the Grade 1/2 students and here is what they told us about respect which is represented by the Buffalo.
First, we asked them what they did with Lisa and David. They told us that, they talked about the Buffalo/Respect, they shared ideas in the sharing circle, (which they used a “talking feather” to speak with), they sang Aboriginal songs, and also got to touch parts of a buffalo. Next, we asked them what they enjoyed in their time with Lisa and David. They said they enjoyed learning about respect and feeling inspired from the great ideas. They also really enjoyed watching the buffalo videos and seeing the buffalo power points. Finally it was time for the BIG question, - What does respect mean to you? They started with raising their hand and listening to the teacher, followed by caring for others, staying “criss-cross applesauce”, and being inviting, making fair teams and playing fair! We can now tell that the grade 1 and 2’s know what respect means to them!
What does Humility mean to you?
To the Grade 2 Class, it means putting others before yourself. It means to be humble, respectful and to be kind to other people. It means to make others happy, and to make others smile. Their favourite part of the learning was when they watched aboriginal cartons and when Miss Lisa played the drum songs. They also enjoy learning that the wolf represents humility.
What does Wisdom mean to you?
We all are different! We all have different gifts, skills, strengths, and abilities. Recently, the Grade 3 classes have been learning about the teaching, wisdom, which is represented by the beaver. Here are some examples of wisdom:
· Wisdom is having a gift.
· Wisdom is knowing how to care for others.
· Wisdom is being smart in your decisions.
· Wisdom is thinking about the right choices.
· Wisdom is knowing when to try something new.
What does Courage Mean to You?
Have you ever tried something for the first time, but were a little fearful or scared? You needed courage to push through and get it done. This past February, Grades 4 and 5 learned about courage by listening to stories, watching videos and sharing ideas with each other. Many of us really enjoyed using the “talking feather” as a way to express our feelings which definitely took courage to do, as some of us are very shy. Lisa and David, who are divisional teachers, took us through the steps. We now know what courage means to us, which is represented by the bear. Courage is helping someone out. Courage is trying something new. Courage is admitting when you’re wrong.
Our school is so thankful to have had this opportunity to learn more about ourselves through the Seven Sacred Teachings. We look forward to seeing our classmates show they understand the teachings through their actions and words.