So, I have been thinking about self-care. As grown-ups, we spend a lot of time thinking about how to better take care of ourselves. But, when was the last time you stopped to think what the self-care habits of a child are. It probably isn’t doing yoga, going for a run or forcing themselves to eat boring steamed chicken and veggies, so what does self-care look like in childhood?
If you actually think about it, when did this obsession with self-care start? Is it a natural behaviour or is it learnt? I believe it is natural. Taking care of yourself is a primal need and we have to encourage this in our wonderful children. But how can we encourage this without making it a serious point of disagreement?
I suggest making a game out of it. If you want to do yoga with your child/class then try making it a case of Simon says or something similar. This allows children to engage in the activity while feeling engaged in a game.
It is official! I have a TPT store. This means any of my crafty ideas can now be found on my website. I am pretty excited. I have already got two things up for sale and I am working on a few more things to post over the next couple of days. I am super excited about getting this off the ground.
For the past few weeks, I have been introducing morning yoga and positive affirmations or manifestations into my kindergarten classroom. At first I know that the children and their parents thought I was slightly loopy, but as the days have gone on I have noticed that the difference in the children is huge. After I was told to rest, we gave our morning yoga and manifestation a miss and it was mental. The children very quickly escalated and became cheeky and crazy! It took me a while to figure out what was going on, but once I thought about it, I honestly couldn’t put it down to anything else. The children have been so invested in the morning practice and when training the teacher I will be working with over the next eight weeks and even she was amazed at the difference it made to the children. We use our daily affirmations to help direct the children’s energy toward making happy choices.
So I don’t know about you, but my mental state can often be reflected in the state of my house. As I posted a few days ago, I have been suffering with diagnosed Bronchitis and this has really brought my mental state down. Healing from something like this is exhausting for the body, so as you can imagine, I have had very little energy left to look after my house. I have two dogs, one of which is border collie and sheds like a demon so as you can imagine, I really need to keep on top of the house work to keep it looking nice.
I have now been on antibiotics for 24 hours and I am already seeing a massive difference in the house. Is it perfect? No. But every time I start to feel a little bit better, it gets a little bit neater. That is the important part! As long as my mental state increases with every day then so will the neatness of my house. By the time I get back to uni I should be able to keep on top of everything. Have a look around your home. What does your environment say about your mental health?
The past two weeks have been very hard. If you read my posts regularly then you will know that I have recently been in hospital. This was due to a very serious case of bronchitis, but I am not talking about that right now. I am talking about expressing our emotions as teachers. I have a very strong dislike for shouting in my classroom. For this reason, I avoid it at all cost. Last week I shouted for the first time and five children started crying on the spot. It was awful and I hated every second of it. But it showed me that sometimes you have to get angry for them to listen to you. I am so happy being the fun teacher, but if they are not listening to me and making unsafe choices then sometimes there is no other way.
It actually opened up a wonderful conversation. We have been looking at Ahn’s Anger and so one of the first things the kids said after my outburst was “Miss L, your anger is scary”. We then talked about what happened before I shouted. I explained to the children that it was a build up of being frustrated with the level of noise in the classroom. As a class we agreed that it would be better if I told the class that I was getting frustrated. We tried this over the days following and we found what caused frustration. The children have also said that they didn’t think I ever got angry but we talked about the how it made them feel better because everyone can be angry sometimes. The kids are so open about their feelings, even if they can’t really describe it. It gives them the chance to open up.
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Over the past week I have been teaching my wonderful kindy children about identity. It is so important in the early years to show children the importance and value of being true to themselves. I am so aware of how the children feel about themselves. I have one child in particular who, when I started, believed that he was a “naughty” child. This is so not the case! Children are not born naughty and I do not believe that children are intentionally naughty. This was what inspired me to look deeper into what the children actually believed about themselves. We read the book “Too Loud Lily” which is a wonderful little book about being true to yourself. We then drew a self-portrait and create a collage for the background. The children then cut the drawing of themselves out and glued them onto the background. We then talked about what makes them each so wonderful.
After this wonderful experience we then talked about what made a community. It is so important to include the children in this discussion! If the children are unaware of the community around them, then they are not being emerged in the culture they need to be apart of.
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I have crossed the line. I am now officially becoming one of the people who are super into their oils and have a diffuser running 24/7. I am so excited for my oils to arrive!
I got into oils at a dōTERRA party. One of my darling friends has just had a baby and she is very into using these oils with her little cherub. This particular friend is actually part of the reason I became a teacher so I was very in-tune and curious about what it was she felt so connected to. My beautiful mothers came along to the workshop with me and I left with a diffuser and a small collection of oils. I am so excited for my oils to arrive!
I will also be using these wonderful oils in my kindergarten classroom. The way that the oils can impact the children are fantastic. Obviously I am going to need to put this into practice before I can actually report back on my findings. I am so excited.
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