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choose a theme

theme: art, creativity and hope
ages: 7 - 12 years

Reflect:


Describe using your own words the meaning of: A picture paints 1000 words


Which art work did you like in the presentation? Why that one?


Lightening writing: jot down your experiences of the pandemic, your feelings, things you have enjoyed, things you have worried about. As well as how you are feeling now and your thoughts on the future. This does not need to be perfect, it is a simple reflection tool.


Mind map - write the word HOPE in the middle and around it describe images and quotes that represent hope for you.


Your mission:

Create an art work that highlights your experience of COVID 19. Be sure to add into your creation a symbol of hope. Think of your art work as recording a point in time. Use any medium you wish, upload it to your google classroom, share it with your teacher or email us directly at Grow Your Mind alice@growyourmind.life Imagine you discovered this art work in 5 years time, what would it tell you? What would it remind you of? 



theme: character strength
  poster lesson
ages: 5 - 12 years

Reflect:


What do you think your character strengths are? How do you know that?


Can you spot character strengths in books? In your friends?


How do you think knowing your strengths might help you the next time you face a problem?


Your mission:


K-2

Draw a picture of you using one of your character strengths. What are you doing? Where are you? Which strength is it?


3-6

Write down your top three character strengths and the evidence for them. Now make a plan to grow one strength this week that you don't use very often.


theme: perspective -
 poster lesson
ages: 5 - 12 years

Reflect:

K-2

What do you usually do when you have a fight with someone? Do you think you have a calm guard dog or a bossy barking one?


If you have a bossy barking one, how can you calm it down so you can start to argue with a stronger Wise Owl?


Year 3 - 6

Draw a line down the middle of a A4 page. On one side describe a recent point of view from your perspective. Once you have finished, write the point of view from the eyes of the person you had a disagreement with. Try doing this for the next few arguments you have. You will be growing empathy.



Your mission:


Before you yell, sulk or threaten the person you are disagreeing with. Think: is this a 6 and 9 moment? Is there another way to look at this problem?


theme: Growth Mindset -
 poster lesson
ages: 5 - 12 years

Reflect:


When do you usually have a fixed mindset? Describe what you are doing.


Write down a growth mindset way of looking at what you have just described:


Write down 4 things you think you can't do with your learning at school or outside of school. Next add yet. E.g. I can't do algebra.... I can't do algebra yet!


What character strengths do you think might help you have a fixed mindset when facing a problem/tricky task? Why?


Your mission:


Make your own growth mindset tree poster. Put down the fixed mindset statements you usually think or say in the lowest 4 branches. Next write down all of the growth mindset statements you can think of in the higher branches. Stick this up somewhere to remind yourself to keep trying!


meet the animals 
ages: 5 - 12 years

* Watch the animation which playfully introduces each animal character


Can you remember what each animal does?


When was the last time your Guard Dog barked loudly?


What helps you calm your Guard Dog down?



Your mission:


Make your own amygdala jar, glitter, water and a glass jar.  Can you practice counting your breaths as the glitter falls? 


the brain poster
ages: 5 - 12 years

* Watch the animation which playfully introduces each animal before displaying this poster.


Can you remember what each animal does?


Can you remember the fancy brain name for each animal?


Display this poster when you are next doing tricky work, remember your brain functions super well when all the animals can communicate with each other. 


Your mission:


Come up with a list of ways you can keep your animals from chatting. Will it involve moving your body, taking deep breaths, doing things for others, meditating? You get to decide!

theme: brain health -
 calming and waking up the animals
ages: 5 - 8 years

Reflect:


What are some ways you can calm your Guard Dog down?


Describe how you can wake up your Elephant, Siting Sooty and Wise Owl:


Can you remember the last time you did any of these things? If yes, where were you? If no, make a plan to try one out:


Your mission:


Create your own cheat sheet for each animal. Draw your version of the animal, give it a name too! Next write down a few of the ways you like, or plan to try waking them up (Sifting Sooty, Elephant and Wise Owl) and calming them down (Guard Dog).


Catastrophe scale
ages: 3 - 12 years

* Display your catastrophe poster or magnets in a visible place, refer to it throughout the day, reminding everyone about reactions that match the severity of the problem.


Reflect:


As a class come up with a list of problems and assign them to each level.


What things usually result in you reacting like the problem is HUGE?


What colour would give your big and uncomfortable feeling? Where do you tend to feel it in your body?


What helps you calm down when your reaction is bigger than it needs to be?


Your mission:


Make your own catastrophe scale for home. Brainstorm the problems you face and put them on the right level.


traffic light poster
ages: 4 - 12 years

Reflect:


What type of breathing can you try in the breathe section?


If big deep and slow breath work is not for you, what else could you do?


Which animal wakes up in the think part of the traffic light?


Your mission:


Make your own traffic light, pop it on your desk or wall in your bedroom. Practice the breathing part when you are calm so that you can call on the strategy when your Guard Dog wakes up next!


theme: naming your feelings
ages: 3 - 6 years

Reflect:


What feeling (s) did you choose?


Have you felt that feeling lately?


What colour would you give it?


Your mission:


When you feel a big and uncomfortable emotion and you sense your Guard Dog is about to bark loudly, try naming it. Even say hi to it "Hello jealousy I see you are visiting me for a while."


theme: joy
ages: 6 - 12 years


Reflect:


What brings you joy? Write at least 5 things down


Can you do any of these things today, this week, over the weekend?


Why do you think nature plays such a big role in boosting people's mental health?


Your mission:


At the start of each day make a joy plan. Make it your mission to do something that day that brings you joy. Now look around, what could you do right now that would bring joy to someone else?


theme: neurotransmitters
ages: 8 - 12 years


Reflect:


Which neurotransmitter do you think you get on a regular basis?


What are you doing when you get this neurotransmitter?


Your mission:


Make a plan for each letter of the DOSE poster for today. They don't have to be the examples in the video lesson!


theme: learn something new
ages: 8 - 12 years


Reflect:


Why do you think learning something new can make us feel like we are flourishing?


Can you describe a time you learnt something new and the feelings you had during and after?


Your mission:


Rube Goldberg it up! Watch Ok Go - This too shall pass music clip for some inspiration.


theme: benefit mindset

ages: 7 - 12 years


Reflect:


How are you of benefit usually? What things do you do to help others?


Why do you think having a benefit mindset may be a positive thing for your mental health and for others?



Your mission:


Make a plan for the week for how you can be of benefit each day



theme: building hope - extended Lesson

ages: 9 - 12 years

Reflect:


What are three of the core ways to build hope?


When do you tend to have shark thoughts? Is it possible to turn them into dolphin ones?


What are five core things you feel thankful for?


When did you last show courage? What were you doing?


Your mission: 


Do one courageous thing this week. Plan what it will be and record how you go


theme: building hope - short version

ages: 6 - 12 years


Reflect:


Why do you think being hopeful is important?


Your challenge:


Name three character strengths you have. Use them this week and notice when you do use them.


theme: humour

ages: 6 - 12 years


Reflect:


When did laughing last cheer you up? Do you think laughing can be a good form of medicine? Why/why not?


Your mission:


Practice your best jokes and try to make someone laugh every day this week. Record the jokes and the people you made laugh.


Watch OK GO  WHITE KNUCKLES music clip to get yourself laughing too!



theme: move your body

ages: 7 - 12 years


Reflect:


What are some ways you like to move your body? Can you remember a time when moving your body made you feel better? 


Your mission:


Find a new way to move your body this week. Write about it or share it with your friends/class.


Watch Ok Go - Here it Goes Again music clip for some hilarious movement ideas!



theme: gratitude

ages: 6 - 12 years


Reflect:


Do you find it hard to feel thankful for people or things? If so don't worry! Gratitude is a strength we can all learn to grow. 


Who is one person you feel thankful for right now?


Look down at your hand, can you name five people or things you are truly thankful for?


Your mission:


For one week set yourself a daily challenge to, mindfully eat one piece of food a day and reflect on 3 things that went well