For Elementary Teachers: Month 9

Week One

Day 1
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Prompt

Friendships bring a lot of satisfaction to our lives, but sometimes they get off track. What are some reasons we stop getting along with our friends?

Connecting

Connecting

What did your observations have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, think about the things that break apart good friendships. Work at avoiding these things moving forward.

Day 2
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Prompt

When a friendship starts to unravel, what are some positive ways to work through differences?

Connecting

Connecting

What was similar about your responses?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, really listen to your friends. Value what they think, even if it’s different than what you think!

Day 3
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Prompt

Communication is key to keeping good friends. What sort of difficulties arise when we don’t try to talk through our differences?

Connecting

Connecting

What was similar in your observations?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, commit to talking through difficulties with friends rather than ignoring them. These talks can be difficult, but when both people are willing to listen to each other, it is worth the effort. You get to have a stronger friendship as a result!

Day 4
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Community Circle

Prompt

If something hurtful happens between friends or in class, what signals can we use to call attention to it?

Note: Saying “ouch” and the person who sparked the incident can say “oops”, say “pause,” place a hand on your chest, interject to state what you need, etc.

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Daily Challenge

Today, be aware that your habits or culture might hurt others even if you don’t mean to be hurtful. Strive to be compassionate and acknowledge any hurtful statement or action right away.

Day 5
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Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

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Daily Challenge

Today if you feel overwhelmed, close your eyes for a moment and envision the place that makes you feel at peace. You can’t always go there physically, but you can visit it in your mind. Often, this is enough to calm us down.

Week Two

Day 1
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Prompt

Dreams are fun to think about. Maybe you want to be an ice dancer or a police officer. Or learn to play instrument really well. But dreams without goals are just dreams. How can you create some specific goals to help you accomplish your dreams?

Connecting

Connecting

Did you have anything in common about your goals?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, keep thinking about some small goals that will help you achieve your larger goals.

Day 2
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Prompt

Most of the time, achieving goals is HARD WORK. Even if you want to get really good at playing an instrument, sometimes it’s hard to want to practice every day. What are some ways can we stay motivated when things get hard?

Connecting

Connecting

Which of your partners ideas did you most appreciate?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, make a plan for what you will do to stay motivated when what you’re trying to accomplish becomes difficult. Maybe you could put a picture of your goal up in your room. Consider talking to your friends or an adult to see if they can help you figure out some right-now goals that could help you reach your dream.

Day 3
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Prompt

People don’t get famous instantly. It usually takes years of hard work to get them to success. During your sharing time, think of as many well-known, successful people as you can and what they had to do to become successful. Maybe it’s a sports figure, a scientist, or an inventor. They all had to work really hard.

Connecting

Connecting

What did your observations have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, remember that you can achieve success when you work hard at achieving it. Consider drawing an encouraging picture for yourself or writing some encouraging notes to yourself to remind you to keep working at your dream.

Day 4
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Community Circle Day

Prompt

Most successful people don’t get that way overnight. They had to work at it. What are some things kids your age can do to start down the path of success? Here’s an example: If you want to be a famous author when you’re older, you could start writing right now and keep getting better. Let’s each share a thought as we go around the circle.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today can be a step forward toward your own success. Today, realize you have the power to control this part of your future.

Day 5
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today if you feel overwhelmed, close your eyes for a moment and envision the place that makes you feel at peace. You can’t always go there physically, but you can visit it in your mind. Often, this is enough to calm us down.

Week Three

Day 1
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Prompt

We’ve spoken about change recently. How have you grown and changed for the better this school year?

Connecting

Connecting

What can you appreciate about what your partner shared? What stood out the most?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, appreciate the place into which you’ve grown. And appreciate that those around you are growing and changing as well.

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Prepare

Note: Thursday is a Community Circle and Friday is another Blue Sky Moment.

Day 2
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Prompt

What are some areas you plan to grow in over the summer break? Share a goal or two you have in regard to summer plans that can influence the people around you for good?

Connecting

Connecting

What did your goals have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

We’re all striving to become a better version of ourselves. Keep that in mind as you interact with others today, and respect where others are on their own journey towards being a better person.

Day 3
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Prompt

School can be a safe place for many kids. Summer can be lonely and dull. As you look ahead towards summer, what are some ways you can stay connected with friends that would make your summer better and more meaningful?

Connecting

Connecting

What did your responses have in common?

challenge

Daily Challenge

We all want to grow our friendships and feel more connected to people. Plan some ways now to stay connected in a meaningful way over the summer break.

Day 4
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Community Circle

Prompt

We’ve covered a lot of ground in the 5 Radical Minutes program this year. What were some things that were most beneficial for you? Let’s each take a few moments to share.

challenge

Daily Challenge

We have all grown in a variety of ways. Stand tall today in the challenges you’ve overcome and the growth you’ve experienced. It’s worth celebrating!

Day 5
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Being calm helps us to feel better and more in control. Carve out a few more moments of intentional calm before your day is over.

Week Four

Day 1
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Prompt

You will never regret being kind. How can we remember to be kind every single day?

Connecting

Connecting

What did you have in common? What challenged or encouraged you about what your partner shared?

challenge

Daily Challenge

Today, practice being kind. When we do this, even in seemingly small ways, other people get to have a better day!

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Prepare

Thursday is a Community Circle and Friday will be a Blue Sky Moment.

Day 2
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Prompt

What are some ways of being kind are most meaningful for you to receive? Which kindnesses are easiest for you to pass on to others?

Connecting

Connecting

What did your responses have in common? Did anything surprise you?

challenge

Daily Challenge

We all give and receive differently, but when we act as our best selves, the whole world is a better place. Today, be your best self in as many ways as possible.

Day 3
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Prompt

We all have different ways of demonstrating kindness. How can we learn to recognize these efforts in others?

Connecting

Connecting

How can seeing kindness in the world help us be more thankful?

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Daily Challenge

Today, look for kindness! The more kindness we see it, the easier it is to be kind to others.

Day 4
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Prompt

How important is being thankful? How does saying thank you, acknowledging, and appreciating others make life a bit happier?

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Daily Challenge

Not only does thankfulness change your perspective, it changes life for the people around you. Today, practice thankfulness!

Day 5
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Prompt

Use one of the Blue Sky Moments options listed HERE.

challenge

Daily Challenge

Staying calm and relaxed helps us make better decisions. Before you make decisions today, try taking a few deep breaths first.