12.07.2014

What's your power word?

Hi friends! Long time, no talk. The girls and I took a break for Thanksgiving but now we're back in action. :) Thank you to all of you who read every single week. It truly means a lot to me. 

This weeks lesson with the girls was inspired by a phone call I had with one of my student's parents this past week. She was concerned that her daughter is struggling to express her feelings. When she is upset about something, she closes off and gets angry at everyone around her. We've all felt that way before but it's important to know what to do with those feelings. So this past Thursday I wanted to address the topic of feelings and what we can do to combat those undesirable feelings that bring us down. 

                                 

After our usual journal talk to start the meeting, we had a discussion about our emotions and the actions that usually stem from those feelings. Here's some examples of the things they said: 

  • What do you do when you're feeling really happy? - smile, hug someone, scream, jump in the air, run around
  • What do you do when you're feeling angry? - kick something, scream, stomp my feet, yell at someone, throw something
  • What do you when you're feeling sad? - cry, stay in my room, keep quiet
I told the girls that those feelings are completely normal but it is beneficial to have a way of coping with them. I introduced the idea of having a "power word" - a word that acts as a source of power and encouragement when we're not feeling so great about ourselves. Here's the list of power words the girls came up with: 


I showed the girls my Little Words Project bracelets that I wear every single day. I get questions about them from my students all the time but I've never actually explained them to anyone. My bracelets say "empower" and "faith". Both of those words are extremely meaningful to me and they give me tons of encouragement on a daily basis. Whether I'm teaching, running, having a good day, or having a bad day, I often look down at my wrist as motivation to keep going and never give up. I wanted the girls to have something like that as well to give them strength when they need it the most. 






Each girl chose her own "power word" that was the most encouraging to her. They were super excited to make these and I'm happy that we got to share that moment together. 

 

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