Our focus in the We CAN Be Friends program this year has been perspective. We got to try many different fun activities such as wearing 3D glasses and looking at the book:
Did the 3D glasses change your perspective of the book?
Next, we got to make our own glasses to show how we each have our own perspectives that are different from each other.
In another class, we read and talked about filling each other’s buckets.
We also discussed what makes a good friend and why each of us value certain qualities in a friend.
What is important to you in a friend?
April 2 is Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness and our school will be wearing blue and taking a walk around the neighbourhood.
Why should we promote Autism Awareness?
Today we started our first lesson of We CAN Be Friends with Mrs. Pakenham!
This program is put out by the Canucks Autism Network to educate students about autism. We got to enjoy this program last year in our school and we are so happy to do it again this year with new activities and more learning.
This year we will be focussing on perspective and friendship. Mrs. Pakenham read us this story today:
What do you remember about our friend, Pinkus?
April is Autism Awareness Month!
This year our school is recognizing April as a special opportunity to educate the public about autism. Our class has enjoyed several lessons presented by Mrs. Pakenham from the We CAN (Canucks Autism Network) Be Friends program.
On April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, our school wore blue and went on a walk to support Autism Awareness.
This week during Mrs. Pakenham’s visit we finished reading My Brother Is Autistic and then we were introduced to two new friends of Pinkus:
Meet Bugsme and Sir Helpsalot.
Mrs. Pakenham would like us to discuss:
- 1 or 2 things that bug you
- 2 or 3 things you could do to solve your problems
Our friend, Pinkus, and Mrs. Pakenham visited our class again today and this time we got to try out some fun stations to help us understand how the senses are different in people with autism.
Feel the Difference
Refine Your Writing
What did you find challenging about each activity?
How did these activities change your feelings towards Pinkus and other people with autism?