Unhappy, stressed, anxious kids don’t learn as well as their counterparts.
A simple fact that is widely understood, but it also has long-term effect. It’s in our children’s best interests for them to have good, happy and supported childhoods – they need it to build the life skills inside them, to help cope with life as they grow older AND to reach their potential in education and workplaces.
Does Being Active Make a Difference? Does it raise Attainment?
What is meant by being physically active and meeting daily (minimum) recommendations? What challenges does Scotland have? Does this link to school and education? See the blog post here.
Teach Children Meditation – Connected Kids
Respected author, Lorraine Murray, teaches Meditation techniques to children and to adults who work with children. Living in Scottish Borders she trains internationally her accredited programme, but she is so passionate about the beneficial effects of Meditation that she shares various nuggets through her You Tube channel.
One of her former students, an accredited trainer, will be delivering Meditation session for the pupils in June ’17.
The Right Attitude
With so much information being shared about the importance of childhood years in a
fuller context than traditional look at schooling….it seems right to create a source of information to easily access. We want our children to Thrive, not just Survive.
Health, Well-Being and Learning are all interwoven. Children dealing with pressures, ill-health, unhappiness and lacking rich play experiences will not learn at their best level. Childhood is precious and the experiences offered, and how they are offered, is critical not only to the wealth of experiences and enjoyment of their years as a child, but also for their later years and right through adulthood. The ways children learn and develop are primed for and through Play. The deepest learning happens through children having time and opportunity to build relationships, to puzzle out key issues about their world – both immediate and wider. The Curriculum for Excellence vision is for children to progress through school and life; expanding knowledge, life-skills, social and caring aptitude and to feel valued, appreciate and loved for who they are. We are all key in this growth. Encouragement and support to develop a healthy thirst for knowledge, fostering the belief that they can learn, be resourceful, happy, creative and contribute effectively to their lives and those they meet stems from the caring adults they spend time with. Learning to be resilient and adaptable is modelled by parents, school staff, high quality childcare and other key adults, so we ALL have a role to play.
Please feel welcome to share new insights and information that you may come across with the wider partnership of pupils, parents and carers, staff and community.
Attitude is Altitude
Nick Vujicic is an exceptional motivational speaker who often inspires hundreds of children each time he speaks. Here is why.
“BIG DEAL – LITTLE DEAL”
- what do you do when someone takes the seat you were going to sit on?
- what do you do when the girl in your class trips you up and laughs?
- what do you do when you drop your snack right after you got into the playground?
- what do you do when your favourite top gets torn at the park?
- what do you do when no-one turns up for you at the end of the school day?
Sometimes the best way to think about how this feels for our children, or their friends, is to take time to remember how we felt when we were 4, 7, 9, 11 – and then add in a little bit more empathy for the uniqueness of our kids. Next step is to remember our wish for them – that they will be able to deal with their feelings appropriately and effectively – not to stop them from having their own feelings. Validating how any child feels is worth it’s weight in gold, but then we can use that connection to help them regulate their own feelings and cope well.
Our role is then to help each child master their best ability to be resilient and to grow this throughout life. It is something that goes through peaks and troughs. Adolescence is a very rough path to get through (and adolescence is now considered to last into mid 20s according to neuroscience), so the more we can help our younger kids, the more the older version of themselves will have, to fall back on.
Why does it Matter?
Growth Mindset and Emotional Intelligence are both phrases describing our ability to cope with life’s ups and downs, other people and our own inner thought patterns. EI is a key factor considered in terms of employability and opportunities being offered as well as coped with. Growth Mindset is a focus to help our children achieve a high Emotional Intelligence.
Lots of resources exist, from simple toys for children to recognise and name emotions, to a caring and understanding hug, to child psychologist support and modelling.
or try a game based on Emotional Intelligence.
The support of adults through recognising that we are key in this development throughout each child’s life, is often described as a responsibility and a privilege.
It DOES make a difference. From the words used by adults and children, the messages they carry, and the interventions we can teach to change that internal thinking when it is negative and harmful.
Courses in the Community.
Simple things like community courses eg Raising Children with Confidence (or Teens) are for parents and carers. Others too, such as Incredible Years or PPP, for those who have children struggling a lot to regulate their emotions. All are widely available within East Lothian.
Don’t forget to speak to your child’s teacher too. By working together, we really can achieve more for each child.
Liking Yourself – Boundin’ from Pixar.
Bound and Rebound…. A fun little film short tackling a big issue.