It is hard to believe June is here and summer break is just around the corner. Our last learner profile of the year is Balanced. I like to end the year with this one so that as we transition from our academic year to summer we can acknowledge the value of balance in our lives.
Just as balanced students juggle academics and extracurricular; teachers use summer to reignite hobbies, passions, and much needed time with family. When we all come back in the fall, (students and teachers alike) we are ready to apply and connect our summer pursuits to the academic ones ahead. I hope you find some balance this summer, and I can’t wait to see you all in the fall!
Students who are balanced are healthy and are aware that eating properly and exercising is important in their lives. They understand that it is important to have a balance between the physical and mental aspects of their bodies. They spend time doing many different things. They balance work and play and recognize their interdependence with other people and with the world in which they live.
How can you help children to become balanced at home?
-Create a daily schedule that includes time for school work, outside physical activity, arts and music, rest, balanced meals.
-Model doing a little bit of everything in front of your child: play, learn, exercise, rest, eat healthy foods-Encourage your child to participate in a wide variety of structured activities.
-During less structured time, also be aware of the activities that your child is participating in. Generally active kids should take time for quiet reading or reflection; students who spend a lot of time drawing or reading, should be encouraged to also exercise and play.
-Discuss the food groups with your child. Spend a few minutes during a mealtime deciding if what your family is eating is balanced.
-Allow time to slow down and focus on mindfulness.
Videos: Short videos can really pack a punch! They are great conversation starters, without too much of a time commitment (great for our busy lives)
Read-alouds: Books are a great way to learn about being balanced. Here are some of my favorites for balanced:
A Child's Garden; Big Wolf & Little Wolf; Big Rabbit's Bad Mood; Martha Doesn't Say Sorry; The Incredible Book-Eating Boy; Sweep; The Koala Who Could; Tidy; The Three Questions, Petunia, The Hard Times Jar, I am Peace, The Busy Beaver, Tidy, Beautiful Moon
Or check out the Children’s Library Lady website for more great book recommendations for talking about balance.
Discussion prompts to go with read alouds or videos:
What does it mean to be balanced?
Describe how [character] leads a balanced life?
In what ways was [character] balanced?
How does being balanced effect [character] quality of life?
What were the consequences to [character] because of a lack of balance?
In what ways could [character] live a more balanced life?
Why is it important [character] tried to be more balanced?
What strategies could [character] to be more balanced?
What good strategies does [character] use to be balanced?
- Learner Profile Traits