As the New Year begins, holiday craziness winds down, and Spring Break seems like it is an eternity away, we celebrate the Hunt for Happiness Week–because who doesn’t need a happiness booster every once in a while? This week-long holiday generally takes place the third full week of January and calls for even the happiest of people to seek out his/her sources of fulfillment in life. We encourage all people to focus on things that make them truly happy this week, whether that be art, music, self-reflection, or exploration. This week is about finding the best and happiest version of yourself- and at Thrively we want to help students do the same!
We understand that a child’s or student’s happiness is driven by their passions, but how can they identify these passions? Luckily, we have created a course to do so! Passion Projects are student-driven projects where kids can interact with whatever makes them the most passionate. They identify a question they find interesting, spend time interacting and researching that question, and have a product or presentation at the conclusion of the project to show how they spent their time. Passion projects could range from being a research project, a hobby exploration, advocating for a cause, exploring a career — really whatever makes them happiest.
Thrively wants to help your child or student on their path to seeking ultimate happiness. Our lesson “Hunt for Happiness” allows students to hone in on their social-emotional skills, discovering what makes them feel free and confident. Through a series of exercises and reflections, students will be able to find out what triggers happiness — like music!
Not happy yet? Well, how about we fill your “bucket” then. Heard of Bucket-filling? We hadn’t either until we came across this awesome happiness-lesson called “If Every Bucket was Full” to equip your students or children with the tools needed to maintain positive perspectives – necessary for everyday situations! Try out this free lesson and fill those buckets on your path to a happier life!
Research confirms that a student’s success is driven by non-academic factors such as their character, parental support and the level of hope + engagement they feel within school. Districts and schools have generally addressed this by trying to implement point programs (ex. advisory, life skills classes, interventions) in the face of increasing accountability for student performance in core subjects. Thrively is changing this dynamic by introducing a new, holistic approach for student learning. Strengths-Based Education (SBE) incorporates social/emotional learning, student career, and interest exploration and student-centered learning (or student-directed projects) into a cohesive pedagogy that helps students find relevance in school and life.
Strengths-Based Education is successful when students have:
- Built a growth mindset;
- Developed 21st Century Skills and habits;
- Identified multiple, exciting post-secondary pathways; and
- Strengthened their social support structures.
These goals can be accomplished when students’ K-12 journey includes a thoughtful implementation of SBE that is truly 360 degrees in nature. In other words, it must proactively include parents, community and out-of-school time. No component of SBE exists by itself. They are inter-related and non-linear. Thrively enables Strength-Based Education through our platform, taking students, teachers, and parents through the entire process. Our Strength Assessment helps students discover their character strengths and is the starting point for social-emotional learning. Students then identify their interests and career aspirations through our Pathways, Videos, and Activities. Finally, educators turn their students’ interests into true “student-centered learning” by facilitating projects. Explore what Strengths-Based Learning can do for your students at Thrively.
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lTo some kids, overnight camp is a breeze. They can’t wait to get away, meet new friends and run wild for a week. Other kids, not so much. So how can you make sure that your child’s first camp experience is as successful as it can be?
1. Make sure they’re ready to go.
How do you know when your child is ready for overnight camp? We had a few great tips from moms during last month’s summer camp twitter party:
l2. Go with friends.
It’s great for kids to go on their own because it’s important to learn how to build social relationships and learn how to make friends. However, with a first-time or nervous camper, having a friend there can make all the difference.
l3. Know when to nudge and when to shrug.
It’s a fine line between introducing something new and pushing them into something that they just don’t want to do. Pursuing new things should be about exploration and discovery.
4. Test the waters
Tons of overnight camps out there offer trial camps where your little one can attend for 2 or 3 nights. It’s a great way to test the waters without committing your schedule (and budget!) to a full-length session.
You can search Thrively to find lots of Junior Camps right in your neck of the woods!
5. When in doubt, just wait.
Your children’s first camp experience will set the tone for many summers to come. If your gut tells you they’re just not ready, then hold off. Attend one-day workshops and get a feel for how they do without you for a whole day. Ease into overnights later.
And above all, HAVE FUN!