Positive Self Talk Flowers

Today we talked about who we are more on the inside. We talked about positive self-talk and how we can talk to ourselves to make us feel better about our self. We discussed how we need to be humble but not super humble because we also need to give ourselves credit and be able to recognize what we do every day and what we are good at. We watched this video about a girl talking to herself saying positive stuff about herself.

After the video, we got a flower and we wrote something that we are in each petal. We wrote things that we are proud of and that stand out about the person I am. Then we colored it and glued it into our happiness journal.  These are things that I like about myself and that I am proud of. Here is a picture of the flower that I made.

Thanks for reading!

Kaydence

 

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Yesterday we had a very special visitor in our classroom. Before the break, I had reached out to Makayla from thehappinessprojectyqr. Makayla is a young lady from Regina who has been creating her own happiness project and sharing it with others around our community. Her social media account is inspiring and such a positive platform within our community. Also, Makayla, has guests appear on her Instagram account to share their rituals in self-care and happiness. She has built a space where others feel empowered to share their journey to happiness. Makayla is such a positive influence within our community in using her social media account to spread awareness about such an important. I reached out to Makayla as I wanted to bring someone into our classroom from our community who could speak to our students about ways to use the happiness project outside our classroom as well as ways in which we can use our social media accounts in a positive way.

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As our students approach the age where social media is no doubt in some way going to become a part of their lives I wanted to provide them with a great role model in using social media appropriately. I reached out to Makayla via social media and she was so excited to have the opportunity to come into our classroom and talk to our students about her project.

First, we talked about different things in our lives that we are grateful for. Makayla shared with us that the first thing she does each morning before she even gets out of bed is she lists three things she is grateful for. By showing gratitude to things we are grateful for we learned that we can turn a bad day into a good day. We discussed different things we each do as morning rituals that can help start our day out right!

Next, we had the opportunity to discuss different scenarios that could occur in our lives and talk about how our reaction to those scenarios can either spread happiness or upset others. We talked about how to positively react to different scenarios to be the best human we can be.

 

Next, we watched a short video about rules for being kind online. Following these video students were able to create their own kindness pledges to share how they plan to be kind to others both online and in person!

Finally, each student had the opportunity to paint a kindness rock. These rocks act as a physical reminder that we can carry with us to remind us to always be kind both in person and online.

We had such a great afternoon with Makayla! Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to come and hang out with us! We presented Makala with a few of our happiness bracelets as a thank you for coming in!

Thanks for stopping by!

Mrs. Degelman

We will meet YOU at HAPPY!

 

 

 

Working Inward: Lesson Resources

Hi Teachers,

Thanks for continuing to follow our journey. I will provide a source list for the last three lessons my students have posted!

Dreamcatchers:

We read the story Grandmothers Dreamcatcher by Becky Ray McCain. This story was a great introduction to the idea of dream catchers and how they protect us from bad dreams. We talked about how dream catchers could also help us with big and negative emotions. You can find the lesson idea and free printable from Ms. Lawhon here!

Students then wrote 10 negative emotions to be trapped inside their dreamcatchers as well as 10 positive emotions outside of their dream catchers. They glued these dream catchers in their happiness journals!

 

Positive Self Talk:

This lesson we started by watching the first 5 minutes of the video “Self Talk Creates Reality”. This is an extremely powerful motivational video that discusses the power and importance of self-talk.

Following this, we discussed the power of self-talk and what happens when we have positive self-talk vs what happens if we have a negative self-talk. Students then were asked to brainstorm their own positive self-talk mantras that they can use to protect themselves from the negative self-talk words overtaking their minds. They wrote these mantras on their self-talk shields.

You can find the positive self-talk shield lesson here.  Students cut and put these into their happiness journals.

 

SA TA NA MA Meditation: 

This lesson we focused on mindfulness and working towards taking care of our mind and learning to stay in the present moment. We started the lesson by watching this powerful video that suggests it only takes 10 minutes a day to take care of our minds.

This video encourages you to take 10 minutes each day to do nothing. No tv, reading, email, no thinking about the past or present just being present doing nothing.

This can be a very difficult past as our mind is used to whizzing away and stressing over the past or worrying about the future. Because this can be difficult for even adults as kids they need strategies to help them stay focused on the present moment. This is where I shared with my students the SA TA NA MA Meditation. This helps students to clear their minds and to bring mental balance. Here is a link to teaching students about the SA TA NA MA Meditation.

This video is also helpful to have students follow along with the words and music. This video is 11 minutes long so it is helpful to be able to work towards the full 10 minutes of doing nothing. This is very relaxing and the students enjoyed it!

Students then cut out pictures of the suggested hand movements to paste in their happiness journals to reference while doing the meditation.

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The SA TA NA MA hand positions can be found here.

I hope some of these resources are helpful for the last few lessons that we did. Please email me if you have any questions about the lessons I would be happy to help in any way!

We will meet YOU at HAPPY!

Mrs. Degelman

 

SA TA NA MA Meditation

Today we watched a video that was talking about taking care of our brains. In this video he said that we should take ten minutes out of our day to do nothing. This means to do nothing no eating, not reading, not watching TV or emailing just doing nothing. This will help us to relax and stay focused on the present moment. This helps slow our mind down and to calm down. It also helps us feel good. This is something that will take time to stay focused on the present moment. Here is the video we watched.

This takes practice to be able to sit and stay focused on the present moment for 10 minutes at a time. So we decided that we would try and do the Sa Ta Na Ma meditation to help stay focused. To do this you need to sit in one spot and you need to use your hands to help stay focused. Here are the directions to the meditation.

  1. When you say SA you close your thumb and your pointer finger together.
  2. When you say TA you close your thumb and your middle finger together.
  3. When you say NA you close your thumb and your ring finger together.
  4. When you say MA you close your thumb and your pinkie finger together.

You keep repeating this in your mind or whispering while doing the hand movements over and over and this helps to stay focused on the present moment. This helps keep our mind from wandering.

Here is a picture of the hand movements for the meditation:

 

Thanks for reading. You should try this meditation!

 

 

 

 

Positive Self Talk

Today we talked about our mindset and positive and negative thoughts. We shouldn’t talk to ourselves in a negative way because it is bad for our brain. If we think we can’t do it then we won’t be able to do it.

First we watched this video. The video told us to be confident and don’t speak negatively to yourself. It told us if you want an orange you don’t plant a cactus seed so that means if you want a good life then you can’t think negative. What you believe about yourself is what will happen and if you don’t believe it then it won’t happen. This showed us that positive self-talk is important in helping us be good at things.

Here is the video: (we watched until 5:07)

After we watched the video we brainstormed positive self-talk mantras. This is where we listed things we can say to ourselves when we feel down, frustrated, sad, mad or any negative emotions. Some of the positive sayings we brainstormed were: I can’t do this yet, I believe I can do this, I can improve, I can think this out, never give up and many more.

Then we talked about how a self-talk shield can protect us from the negative self-talk. We each wrote some of the positive self-talk mantras on our shields to help protect us from negative talk. Then we colored them and glued them into our happiness journals. At the top we wrote positive thoughts shield and protect us from a negative self-talk. Here is a picture of our shields that we did.

Today was important because we learned not to use negative self-talk and why it is important to use positive self-talk. This will help us have a better life because if you speak positive to yourself you will act positive instead of speaking negative and acting negative.

Here is a self-talk poster that we also added to our journals.

Thanks for reading

Griffin & Andrew

Dreamcatchers

Today we talked about negative and positive emotions. We talked about what dream catchers do. Dream catchers help catch all the bad dreams inside the net and they give you good dreams. We then watched the video of the story Grandmothers Dreamcatcher. This story was about a little who girl who had bad dreams. Her grandmother helped her make a dream catcher to avoid bad dreams. Here is the video of the story.

We then brainstormed a list of negative and positive emotions. We then made a dream catcher for our journals of our own. Inside the dream catcher, we wrote the negative emotions. We wrote the negative emotions inside so they get stuck inside the dream catcher while they are releasing all the positive emotions. We then wrote positive emotions on the outside of the dream catcher. We glued string over the dream catcher to make the net that traps the bad emotions and allows the good emotions to get through.

Here are pictures of our dreamcatchers that we made and put in our happiness journals.

These dreamcatchers help us to realize that we can begin to control our emotions and that instead of letting the negative emotions through we can focus on the good emotions instead. The dreamcatchers help protect us from negative emotions.

Thanks for reading.

 

Kaleah & Rekaz

 

Dealing With Big Emotions

This week we are focusing on what we can do to help us deal with big emotions that we may feel. The first thing we did for this lesson is we listened to a mindful video to help us with our belly breathing. The day before this lesson the mindfulness guru Trina Markusson visited our school and talked to our students about the importance and strategies of being mindful and in the present moment. I felt that this video would be a great reminder of Trina’s message and would help to calm our bodies and allow us to be in the present moment ready to learn.

Below is the video we watched which is titled Bring It Down.

Following watching this video we did a quick recap of Trina Markussons presentation. We discussed what she shared about mindfulness and how mindfulness means to be in the present moment and not worrying about the past as well as not focussing on or worrying about the future. She taught us about the importance of focussing on the exact present moment and how we are feeling at that moment.

We watched the video Kinds Explain Mindfulness. This is a great video in which kids explain their emotions and how mindfulness helps them deal with these emotions. The video suggests to students to use the strategy PBS which means to pause, breath, and smile. This was another strategy that students can use when they are feeling big emotions!

We then read Trina’s book “Good Morning, Sunshine!” This book is a great resource for teachers, parents, and students as it is a storybook about a mother talking to her son about his feelings and the six strategies he can use to help him deal with his emotions and work at being in the present moment. The six strategies that Trina suggests are:

  1. Opening your five senses to what you are doing right now at this moment.
  2. Do some deep belly breaths.
  3. Shake a mindful jar and watch the sparkles settle to the bottom.
  4. Take care of our feelings by finding them in our bodies.
  5. Say three things that you are grateful for.
  6. Send some kind and caring thoughts to yourself or someone you care about.

We had a class discussion around how mindfulness can help us in dealing with big emotions. I shared a story about myself and a time when I was feeling upset and mad. During this discussion, I talked about the wolves video from a previous lesson. I shared with them how I kept on playing the negative situation over and over in my mind. While replaying this situation I was actually continuing to feed the angry wolf in my mind. What continued to happen was the anger continued to grow because I was feeding that angry wolf by playing over the what happened and adding in what ifs. I shared with them my thought process and how I started to realize that I was actually feeding the angry wolf and by doing so I was getting angrier. I shared how I finally stopped for a second to think about and identify the feelings that I was feeling and how I began to take deep breaths to calm my mind. I started focusing on the present moment, which allowed me to quit with replaying the negative situation in my mind and helped me to stop adding more what ifs. I was able to calm the angry wolf and the problem started to become much smaller.

Students then had the opportunity to reflect on the mindfulness strategies by creating mindfulness wheels for their happiness journals. They created a wheel that had all six of Trina’s suggestions for mindfulness on their wheel. Below is a picture of the example I created for the students to follow.

You can find the wheel printable here!

This was a great lesson which allowed the students to begin to look at strategies they can use to help them process those big emotions. We discussed how it is not healthy to push negative emotions away instead we need to learn how to find them in our bodies and find strategies that allow us to deal with them properly. These strategies will help them to calm their bodies and minds and learn how to find happiness again even after a big emotion takes over our bodies.

Thanks for reading! Please let me know if you have any questions about this weeks lesson!

We will meet YOU at HAPPY!