S IS FOR SILLY
Kids love to be silly! We all do. At the end of full-on day I need a fair dose of silliness too. We all need to smile, giggle and enjoy a good belly-laugh.
Luckily, I work with kids and their exuberance and out of the box thinking keeps me smiling and light-hearted!
Children desperately need to lighten their days and the larger the difficulties they face, the more “silliness” is needed.
Three children told me last week how much they hate school. All of them are well above average IQs, bright and bubbly but not fitting the “system.”
Each day for them is a trial where they know they will fail, be in trouble and be embarrassed in front of their peers.
So, we laughed, played learning games, read picture books and wrote books together- with me as final editor and often “writing slave” with the keyboard! I needed to help them feel more positive and be able to see they can be successful learners.
I know that the encouragement and motivation I provide is FAR more important than any of our learning programs.
A daily dose of silliness and light-heartedness with children leads to less stressed classrooms, better bonding and happier homes.
Being silly helps us all to keep a sense of perspective and to be able to climb above our problems and perceive possible solutions.
Interestingly, creativity and therefore problem-solving skills improve markedly with regular humour within our teaching.