Do you notice your child speaking up more lately? It might be because your child has been listening to and working with a new song from Uncle Jim, called Speak Up. This song reminds children that in the IM4U learning community, it is safe to express their thoughts and feelings, and that they will be listened to. It helps them learn that they can express their ideas, needs, and feelings without judgement. Isn’t that what we all want for our children?
And yet, sometimes it is difficult for a young child to do this. Studies show that a positive sense of self is essential for learning. When children feel comfortable with their personal identity (self-awareness, self-esteem) within a classroom they are more likely to be a powerful contributing member of the group (self-advocacy) and feel safe, secure, calm, engaged, and kind to others. Interestingly, these children also do much better on future standardized tests.
The WE ALL HAVE POWER Principle in this unit is helping your child learn about herself while exploring the power to speak up and express and help herself- and others. Its discussions and fun activities build essential social skills of self-awareness, self-esteem, and self-advocacy. This is the power we are talking about and celebrating. This is the power that lends to a caring classroom community.
Enjoy this topic together. Remember, WE ALL HAVE POWER.
Sending Smiles, Uncle Jim and Prof. Ellen
How does each family member use their power to make the family better? How do you work together? The activities your child has been experiencing at school have helped him to think about his own power and how to use it to help himself and support others.
Important Ideas about the IM4U Principle, WE ALL HAVE POWER:
- When you think of the word “power,” there are probably a multitude of images and thoughts that arise. It is essential that when discussing the word “power,” it is seen as the ability to realize our highest potential and contribute to the world in the most positive, helpful way to benefit others and ourselves.
- As a parent of a young child, it is natural to wonder whether your child will be successful in future schooling and out in the world. Recent studies reveal that learning how to contribute to a group, how to speak up, how to share an idea, and how to take risks with creative thinking are essential for future success. Major corporations are interested in candidates that demonstrate entrepreneurial, risk-taking, and collaborative behaviors. Interestingly, these are the very social and emotional skills we are developing with IM4U!
- Within the safe container of the IM4U learning community, your child can feel safe to share how she feels, what she sees, and what she wonders. This helps your child build a positive sense of herself, both personally and with the world.
Each of the IM4U units connect to important social emotional learning concepts. The social emotional concepts that are at the heart of this unit are Self-awareness, Self-esteem, and Self-advocacy.