- Some of the kids are scared to be there, but they have to be there anyway. It’s important to alleviate their fears by treating them kindly, introducing them to others, and including them in discussions and activities.
- Stories are important to learning. A well-told story can capture the kids’ interest and curiosity, foster the imagination, and enhance creativity.
- The quiet, shy kids have a lot of potential and a lot to contribute too. Don’t forget about them; ask them questions; and let them know you care about them.
- Appeal to all the dimensions of the child each day, i.e., physical, emotional, cognitive, and social.
- Kids love to participate in games, enjoying the total involvement and comradery.
- Guest speakers in the classroom and field trips around the community fascinate kids. It gives them new experiences, appreciation for the broader world around them, and ties them to the community.
- It’s important to let the kids know when they do a good job, and are making progress. Praise them in front of the whole class. Celebrate achievement.
- Sometimes kids just get a little silly. It’s water off-the-duck’s-back. Just let it go, and move on. Discipline, if needed should be one-on-one, and with a light touch.
- Kids can get bored quickly; it’s a good idea to keep things moving and to have a variety of activities ready-to-go.
- Kids don’t seem to understand the concepts of failure, prejudice, and politics. Remember we can learn much from observing kids.
- Cookies, milk, and a nap improve morale and make getting through the rest of the day more pleasant.
- Each child should have his or her own space, stuff, and lots of colors and mediums to work with.
- Kids should try to accomplish things together, and learn the power of sharing.
- Kids love animals. Kids and animals are alike. Include animals in the environment and learning process as much as possible.
I know you’re not working with kindergartners when conducting workplace wellness or wellbeing at the workplace. But I often think if we administered these programs as thoughtfully as we might teach a kindergarten class, we’d be on our way to truly improving population health.
Shawn is the President and Founder of Hope Health. For over 30 years, his work has focused on bringing clear, easy-to-read and watch health messages to the public via workplaces. He bills himself as the “Best C+ Student in the Wellness Biz” because, as he says, “I like to challenge the notion that there is no such thing as a stupid question.” Shawn is on a mission to tie workplaces into their surrounding communities to share resources and ideas in an effort to improve the health of all Americans.
You may reach Shawn at sconnors@HopeHealth.com or 800-334-4094.