Goal 1: Children will develop a secure attachment and engage in positive relationships with adults.
Goal 2: Children will begin to regulate emotions and behaviors.
Goal 3: Children will begin to participate cooperatively in a group.
Goal 4: Children will be able to demonstrate understanding of at least 5 basic feelings in both Ojibwe and English.
Goal 5: Children will be connected to the natural world and outdoor environment.
-Build positive relationships with each child by making purposeful observations every day, being present, talking to each child respectfully, being sensitive to the child’s feelings, and validating accomplishment and progress.
- Modeling basic feelings language in both English and Ojibwe, e.g. nimbakade (I’m hungry), gidayekoz (you’re tired) , gimaanendam (you feel bad), ginishkendam (you are angry), ninjiikendam (I am happy), etc.
- Talk to children at their eye level.
- Model taking deep breaths, counting to five, or doing relaxation exercises when situations are stressful. With toddlers, talk about how you are taking deep breaths to help you relax.
- Stay nearby when babies are lying or sitting close to each other. Gently separate them if they touch each other too roughly, showing them how to be gentle.
- Take outdoor walks. Touch the bark on the trees. Make observations out loud of the natural world.