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15 Ways to Be Happy

I've done all the typical resolutions. I've done the "lose weight" resolution pretty much every year. I've done the "eat well", "exercise", "get organized", "manage your time better", "stress less", and "be the best you can be" resolutions for each new year. Enough!

These aren't bad resolutions, but I'm planning something a bit different.

My plan? 

I want to be happy. 

Not only me, but I want to bring others along with me!

15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy?  Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!

Honestly, it's quite a challenge for teachers (as well as students) to be happy these days. Our days seem to evolve around test scores, and never about the true needs of the children, which can be heart breaking to those of us who have always wanted the best for children. But I believe it can be done. (Did I mention that I also believe it will get better? I'll never stop believing that!)

As many of you know, I do a lot of reading about the brain and how children learn. Have I mentioned I also have read a lot about what makes people happy?  There's a lot of research out there!

Here are some scientifically researched ways to be happy:

15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!

Show Kindness - Evidence shows we can feel happier simply by showing a kindness to others. Try giving a compliment to someone and see how that makes you feel!
 
 
Practice Gratitude - I've read a great deal of research on the benefits of gratitude. Take time to think about your blessings.

15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Cooperate, Don't Compete - How can you help someone else have success? We are NOT in competition with each other!
 
15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Happiness is Contagious - If you are happy, it helps those around you to be happy!


15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Be Positive - Keep a positive mindset. Believe you can be happy!


15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Know Your Strengths -  Everyone is good at some things. What are your strengths?


15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Get Enough Sleep - This seems pretty obvious, but if you don't get enough sleep, you'll be miserable in many ways. Although it's not always in our control, do your best to get enough sleep. If necessary, find time for a nap!
 
15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Listen to Music - There have been many studies connecting music with our moods. I'm sure you can name a few songs that put you in a good mood immediately when you hear them. 


15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Have Something to Look Forward To - I've always noticed that I'm in a better mood if I have something I'm looking forward to. It might be a trip, a get together, or even a TV show! Now there's scientific research to back this up!


15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Laugh - There are plenty of benefits to laughter (See THIS post!) Be sure to take plenty of opportunities to laugh each day!
 
15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Meditate -  This can mean many things to many people. Whether it means praying, quiet time, time to reflect, or just "down time", it is needed. With our very busy lives, it's more needed than ever!
 
15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Exercise - I'm sure you know all about how exercise produces endorphins. These are the "happy chemicals" that make you feel good. Seriously, don't you feel better after a workout? 
 
15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Reduce Stress - Many of the ideas listed in this post will help you reduce stress. We can't make it go away, but we can do our best to control the stress we have. Here are several ways: deep breathing, soft music, meditation, yoga, aromatherapy, laughter, exercise, chewing gum, take a nap, hugging. kissing, or taking part in an outlet like painting, dancing, or writing.


15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Be With Good People - The companionship of true friends or family can't be replaced. Spend time daily enjoying the company of good people.


15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy? Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!
Spend Time with An Animal - No one can argue about the joy of a loving animal! Puppies are even used in hospitals for therapy!

These are just a few ways to help yourself (or others) be happy. 

Here's what I made to help my students be happy: 

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These are great to hand out at morning meeting, discuss, then let the children wear them home to share with family. Maybe it will help their families be happy too!

Here's a little freebie to help children be happy: Gratitude Journal Labels!

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15 Ways to Be Happy - Do you want to be happy?  Do you want your students to be happy? Here are some researched strategies!




Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity

I had my students do this "Elf Laws" activity, and I'm not sure who had more fun, the kids or me!
 
Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important!
 

The first part of the activity asks the children to put the Elf Laws in order with the most important law being #1 and the least important law being #10.

Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important! 

Once I convinced them that any answer was correct as long as they could defend their answer, the fun started. The children worked in pairs making their decisions and defending their decisions. I enjoyed some delightful conversations! 


Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important!

I've developed the skill of pretending I'm working on something else while they work in order to hear those true conversations.

Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important!

 I'm sure you've done it...pretend you're organizing books for tomorrow and walk by slowly. These are precious moments!

Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important!

Well, once they got their laws in order, the real fun started: writing about why they put the laws in the order they did. Some children had a little trouble starting, but I prompted with some questions like, "Why do you think cleaning up the workshop is so important?" Or "why is tooth brushing more important than singing carols?" Or "why don't you think wearing hats is an important rule?" 

Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important!

Their answers were priceless! 

Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important!

Here are some examples of how they defended their Elf Rules:

  • Elves  need to show respect to other elves, just like we do. 
  • It's not important to brush teeth, that's what dentists are for!
  • Elves don't need to wear hats. They work indoors. 
  • They need to clean up the workshop. What if Santa tripped over something? We want Santa safe.
  • Of course they need to care for the reindeer. Who else is going to do it?
  • Elves work very hard making all those toys. It's important for them to get a break after Christmas. Just like us!

Aren't kids precious?


Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important!

This is the perfect activity for this time of year. It keeps them engaged, and it's a valuable learning experience. For more activities like this, please see Science and Social Studies Printables for December. These will get you through those last few days.
 Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important!




Elf Laws: A Social Studies Activity- Here's a fun activity to help get your children engaged in the process of law-making and thinking about what is really important!



Holiday Magic!

The holidays will be here before you know it! 

I've been putting my holiday resources in order, and here are a few that will keep the kiddos engaged, along with some fun learning as well! (Just like magic!)
 
Holiday magic: This blog post contains ideas for fun and engaging activities designed for learning!
 
Here's one of my favorite collections: Science and Social Studies Printables for December!

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This has all sorts of Science and Social Studies activities! It's got close reads on the aurora borealis and the north pole, a mapping activity about the North Pole, classifying animals by habitats, science activities on holiday scents and the effect of marshmallows on hot chocolate, and there's even a civics activity on elf laws!

Here's a great way to start each day with the children thinking!

These Morning Meeting Greeting Questions can be displayed each morning for discussion,  or printed for written responses. Every day has a totally different question, based on the calendar and unusual national holidays!

The kiddos won't even know they're having learning experiences, they'll be having so much fun!
 
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Holiday No Prep Printables has loads of Math and Literacy activities that are just perfect for those few days just before the holidays, when you're trying to keep them focused, but all they want to do is talk about the upcoming holidays! This collection will perform its holiday magic on the kiddos!

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Drawing Holiday Conclusions is a favorite of my students! These task cards can be used as a center, as part of a Scoot game, or as skill practice in a reading group. This is always a hit!

Finally, one of my favorite freebies! This resource is totally magical! The children LOVE to listen to the music of the Nutcracker and visualize the storyline. Their pictures are delightful, and it's always a peaceful time while they listen and illustrate. (Sh... don't tell them they are practicing important reading skills like visualizing and sequencing a story!)

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I hope these resources bring some magic to your holiday season!



Holiday magic: This blog post contains ideas for fun and engaging activities designed for learning!

Science and Social Studies Activities for November

Science and Social Studies are my very favorite things to teach! However, it's so hard to find time in the schedule to teach these. But I manage to find time by overlapping with other subjects, such as reading, and including science and social studies concepts with the calendar!  


Science and Social Studies for November: here are several Science and Social Studies activities designed for second grade, with November themes.


Here's my favorite resource for November!
Science and Social Studies Activities for November!


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I'm determined to make your life easier, and I hope this resource does the job!  I've taken many of the important second grade skills, mixed in a few November special days, and came up with these activities! There are close reading activities, mini-books, sorting activities,and even a S.T.E.M. activity to do with leftover Halloween candy corn! It's guaranteed fun for the kids, easy for the teachers, and valuable learning experiences!

Here are a couple of my favorite parts:


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A Turkey Fact Mini-book! (With vocabulary and comprehension questions.)


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Daylight Savings Time Close Read. 
 

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A STEM Engineering Challenge with leftover Halloween candy corn!
 

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Thanksgiving Fact or Fiction? This one was so much fun to make: Children have to decide whether things could have happened back in the 1600s at the first Thanksgiving! Expect plenty of giggles!

If you like these, check out some of my Science and Social Studies Bundles: Autumn Bundle



 





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These resources have made my life so much easier! I hope they do the same for you!

Science and Social Studies for November: here are several Science and Social Studies activities designed for second grade, with November themes.


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