“Learning from our mistakes” can be a sensitive topic with students but when it is presented in a song, students can feel the positive intention to celebrate life with all the “ooops” (mistakes and weaknesses) and “yays” (successes and strengths) that it comes with.
The title of the song speaks to students in their language. They all know the words “ooops” and “yay.” One can be viewed as a mistake and the other as a solution or celebration. Through his thoughtfully playful lyrics, Uncle Jim helps students recognize that they might make a mistake, but they can also apologize, do something to solve it, or turn it into a work of art!
The Ooops And Yays song also celebrates friendship by encouraging students to celebrate differences, to help one another, and to extend forgiveness to others when things don’t go as planned. For example, even if someone knocks over the block tower we’ve built, we can still be friends! It reminds students that these ups and downs of life are normal and that they are always an opportunity to learn.
Students use the Ooops And Yays song as inspiration to learn how to turn an art mistake into a beautiful creation.