Prudence

People who are prudent think carefully and make smart choices.

Sometimes this can mean taking on the position of a leader by being a positive bystander. It can also mean applying strategies that can be used in situations one may feel uncomfortable.

The Kids helpline website has a series of social stories or scenarios which can help children when faced with uncomfortable situations. There are also ideas of where to seek help when other avenues such as family/teachers/friends etc have been explored.

https://kidshelpline.com.au/kids/issues

 

 

Humour

There is a saying that laughter is the best medicine and studies have shown that sharing a laugh can reenergise the body, alleviate stress, help with sleep and make everyone feel brighter.

You could try…..

  • Two words – tickle fight!
  • Sing a nursery rhyme, and mess up the words or change the story to include funny words.
  • Play ‘Red light/Green light’, but substitute red light for a funny word.
  • See who can make the best funny face.
  • Tell jokes.
  • Pretend you are sleeping (cue exaggerated snores) then wake up startled and give them a fright.
  • Insist that under no circumstances can your child laugh or smile (reverse psychology can work a treat!)

www.bellamysorganic.com.au/blog/the-health-benefits-of-laughter-for-children/

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors read and written by Drew Daywalt

Babies laughing at dogs

 

Love of Learning

Love of learning is used to describe people who have an insatiable appetite to learn. It describes the way in which a person engages new information and skills. Love of learning is a strength that we teachers would like to see in their students. It has important motivational consequences because it helps people persist through challenges, setbacks and constructive feedback.

The main character in The Boy Who Loved Words by Ronni Schotter loves learning new words.

Do you have a subject (or two) that you love learning about at every opportunity?

 

 

Self Belief

Self Belief: “I know what I believe in and I wonder about the world I live in”.

People who believe in themselves have inner confidence that helps them to understand their purpose. They value themselves, and believe that they contribute value to others and to the world. Their belief in themselves helps to drive their actions.

In “We’re All Wonders,” Auggie looks different from other people and uses his inner strength to stay strong. This book taps into people’s desire to be seen as who they really are.

“Iggy Peck, Architect” and “Rosie Revere, Engineer,” are stories about pursuing dreams and believing in yourself.

                                                           

Can you make a connection to a character in a book who showed self belief?

Hope

HOPE

At Barwon Heads Primary School we have a whole school focus on one of the VIA Character Strengths each week.

Recently we examined and practised “hope”.  Hope means looking forward to the future and believing that good things are going to happen.

Having hope can increase people’s ability to bounce back from setbacks, (i.e. resilience), because people with hope know that even if things are bad, every cloud has a silver lining and things will work out.

Grade 2 student, Jasmin showed an insight into hope when she wrote these beautiful words….

“I believe that if a flower blooms it has been given hope. I also believe that when a flower gets hope taken from it, it starts to die. Hope goes with patience because it takes patience and hope for something to happen or go good. People can give hope to others. How? You may be asking. Well if someone says, “I hope you do well on your test,” that person has hope on their test.

Teachers give hope in work and learning. And, just by having a friend gives you hope. I have seen people in the yard giving hope and taking hope. I have also noticed that when you give hope you get a friend and when you take hope you lose a friend. I give hope to friends and family always. The reason why we should always give hope is that it makes people feel warm and fuzzy inside and you get it too. I think that one of my character strengths is hope because I give hope to others and me in my everyday life.”

 

 

 

 

Leadership

People who are good leaders are able to organise their group and make sure that everyone feels included.

We can all think of people we admire who are great leaders such as our parents, family members, teachers and public figures. Nelson Mandela is one who springs to mind for me.

“The Lorax” is a great example of leadership. The main character is upstanding, inspiring and brave enough to do what’s right.

 

 

Persistence – Growth Mindset

This week we will be focussing on having a Growth Mindset. I have written about the concept of Growth Mindset on this blog before, but in order to grow and succeed, it is important to keep working on things, to keep trying, to try new things and literally grow your brain. Having a growth mindset is about attitude too and not giving up when something seems too hard.

Kindness

At Barwon Heads PS Kindness means

“I do and say things to make others happy”

Some reasons for being kind…….

Being kind feels good.  Doing something for someone else really does make us feel good. Make someone smile and you’ll feel better for having done so.

Kindness broadens our perspective and gives us positive emotions. In order to be kind, we have to pay attention to what is happening around us.  As we notice more things and help others, we get a glimpse of other ways of looking at things.  A broader perspective helps us to be happier and to keep things in context.

Kindness softens our heart.  When we look for kind deeds, beauty, and the opportunity for kindness, we’ll find that we are more compassionate and more tolerant.  As we practice empathy, it opens our heart to others.

Kindness brightens our world.  When we are kind to people, it makes them happy.  The more people who experience kindness from us, the more happy people will be in our lives.  When those around us are happier, our world becomes a brighter, lighter place to live.

Kindness helps people feel respected and less alone.  By recognizing someone’s need for help and acting on it in a compassionate manner, it makes the recipient feel valued.  It also makes the giver feel better about themselves and more connected.

Kindness makes people want to be around us.  One of the most common responses to kindness is gratitude.  People appreciate what we’ve done for them.  Our kindness is very attractive, so they want to be around us and actually seek us out.

Kindness bears wonderful fruit.  Kindness begets kindness, openness, health and reduces the effects of stress on our bodies and our hearts

Kindness begets kindness.  When you are kind to others, the impact of your action doesn’t stop there.  There are a couple of sayings, “What goes around comes around”, and ” A simple act of kindness creates an endless ripple.” Many times the recipient of your kindness and others who see or hear about your kindness are inspired to be kinder.  The ripples of kindness are truly endless.

Student examples of acts of kindness

      Suri’s Wall   

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

 

When did you show kindness to someone else?

Hope

At Barwon Heads PS, having hope is to look forward to the future and believing that good things are going to happen.

Motto: Be positive, especially when others are not.

Hope means that you expect the best in the future, and you work hard to achieve it. You believe that the future is something that you can control.

This is why we associate hope with setting goals. We set personalised smart goals that are:

According to research optimists are:

  • More successful in sport, work and athletics
  • Healthier and live longer
  • Less anxious        Reference:https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/the_benefits_of_optimism

An activity to activate hope and optimism is to write about things that you are looking forward to in the short term and/or distant future.

        

What are you looking forward to?