Living in a peaceful world allows all of us to excel and be the best we can be. Teaching children how to be successful in school and life IS peaceful living. This is what we want for our children!
- Positive self-esteem …..
- Membership in a group or community …..
- Successful communication skills …..
- Celebrating and inviting diversity …..
These are all pieces of Positive Personal Power.
This Unit is an introduction to the development of Positive Personal Power. Children and adults that are able to develop, recognize and access their Positive Personal Power are able to make good decisions, are responsible and accountable for their behavior and actions, and contribute to the development of a positive environment that promotes group or community cohesiveness. They are also better equipped emotionally to be resilient during times of stress.
Children that develop their Positive Personal Power are more successful in developing social skills, academic skills, self-help skills, and real-life skills. This leads to more success in life and in school.
This Unit introduces concepts that will help children develop Positive Personal Power. The Peace Keepers Unit of Study provides ideas to help children:
- Understand feelings
- Develop positive self-esteem
- Practice communication skills
- Understand behaviors and decisions have consequences
- Develop simple strategies for peaceful living
- Contribute to the group
It is never too early to start developing these concepts – they are foundational steps to the key elements in developing Positive Personal Power.
Through hands-on activities, children will:
- Read Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud or How Full Is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and make a bucket to fill
- Read any of the books off the Feelings List and make a ‘feelings’ journal to identify their feelings
- Read Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and create a giraffe puppet that CAN dance!