Monday, January 2, 2023

Using the High Five Habit with Kids: Story and Activities to Encourage Perseverance

 Happy 2023!

Are you making resolutions? Setting intentions? 

My winter break has given me an opportunity to read for pleasure, and along with fiction, I love to invest time into nonfiction reading.  I am a self help junky and find myself picking books from this genre. I have recently read some books by Mel Robbins.  

Her new one is called The High 5 Habit. 

This book has a 4.8 rating on Amazon.
More than 2,000 people gave it high marks. 
Here is a snippet about the book: 

Imagine if you gave that same love and encouragement to yourself. Or even better, you made it a daily habit.

You'd be unstoppable.

In this book, Mel teaches you how to start high fiving the most important person in your life, the one who is staring back at you in the mirror: YOURSELF.

If you struggle with self-doubt (and who doesn't?) ...
If you're tired of that nagging critic in your head (could somebody evict them already?) ...
If you're wildly successful but all you focus on is what's going wrong (you're not alone) ...
If you're sick of watching everybody else get ahead while you sit on the couch with your dog (don't bring your dog into this) ...

...Mel dedicates this book to you.
The High 5 Habit is a simple yet profound tool that changes your attitude, your mindset, and your behavior. So be prepared to laugh and learn as you take steps to immediately boost your confidence, happiness, and results.

Does this resonate with you?  
It did with me. 
As teachers we are constantly encouraging and praising others, but rarely give this positive attention to ourselves. 
I found this book to be an interesting read and an easy habit to implement. 
You can read it yourself...
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As I was reading this book, my thoughts went to my kids. 
Would our students benefit from such a routine? 
Kids are struggling.  Many are behind and no one knows it and feels it more than they do. 
My kids are such rockstars.  They come in every day to do work that is HARD and it is easy to get frustrated.  I want them to know that with time and practice they can achieve.  More than anything, I can't have them give up. 
So I bought a mirror for my classroom and we will give the High 5 Habit with my kids. 

I wanted a way to introduce this new habit with my kids. 
I wrote a little story about a penguin named Polly who felt discouraged and embarrased because he couldn't do something all his friends could...he couldn't swim. 
He gets advice from Sammy the Snowman and gives himself a high 5 everyday. 
It takes time, but he doesn't give up and in the end, he achieves his goal. 

I have this story as a powerpoint slide show so I plan on reading the story with the students first and then will print out and put together booklets for kids to read a second time on their own or better yet, with a partner. 

I also created some follow up activities to use after reading. 
I created the This is what I'll do in 2022 with a hand print (high five) for the 0. 
I want my kids to pick something they want to work on just like Polly in the story. 
We can talk about how they need to give themselves time to learn. 
Then they can give themselves a high five when they enter the room each day. 

I have these in my TPT store if you are interested: 

How are you keeping your kids motivated and positive? 
Would love to hear!
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