We've shared with you the first few days of our Happiness Week at LabSchool and we hope it has inspired you. If you haven't discovered the article yet, you can read it here: https://en.labschool.fr/post/news-from-happiness-in-school-week
We want to share with you the continuation of Happiness Week and the activities we did over the past two days.
On Thursday, the theme was altruism! The Cycle 2 class did the "Caregiver" activity (see SBE booklet), in which the students picked the name of the person they should take care of during the day. Each student had a "caretaker". During this time, students gave attention and encouragement to their peers. Some of the children showed great pleasure in being encouraged by their peers!
On Friday, Cycle 2 talked about the happiness of sharing and altruism. So, they put together their ideas and decided to start a collection to help Ukraine. The donations will be brought to the collection of the 11th district town hall. This week was very enriching for everyone!
Later in the day, the students also participated in a workshop about brain function, during which we talked about what to do to take care of the brain. The students talked about the importance of sleeping well, eating well, relaxing and always learning. These concepts are essential to living a healthy life, which contributes greatly to happiness!
The Cycle 3 class created a philanthropy acrostic for the Operation Philanthropy contest with 1jour1actu. They created a text using the word "philanthropy" in French and English.
During the growth mindset day on Friday, the students did the casserole activity (see SBE booklet). During the activity, the children first shared what the growth mindset is, and gave examples from their daily lives during which they used this mindset. Some of them talked about learning the French language, or learning to rollerblade. After creating their cocottes, they finally played together. They really enjoyed sharing and it allowed them to increase their developmental mindset through a fun activity.
Cycle 4 worked on the notion of happiness through Madame du Châtelet's book "Discours sur le Bonheur". The students had to explain the definition of happiness offered by the author, then express themselves on their own definitions. They were able to see that thinking about happiness led to thinking about many other notions, such as altruism or resilience, and that it is unique to each person.
The students got involved in the debate and shared their visions of happiness, which gave us a good overall picture!
During the art class, they worked on personal strengths and chimeras. This time, the students had to choose the 4 personal resources that best corresponded to them (creativity, memory, sociability, curiosity) and thus discover the animals that compose them. The students then created a photomontage on the Gimp software, in order to create a chimera of their 4 animals.
It was not planned, but on Friday afternoon, Cycle 4 welcomed Nikita, a 12 year old Ukrainian refugee, during sports class. Congratulations to the students and thank you for this beautiful action of solidarity!
Thank you to all those who followed us during this week and who participated in the week of happiness. We hope that this project will be the beginning of a long series of Happiness Weeks at school and that it will give birth to a real learning community that will continue to reflect on this theme!
In order to know how this week went for you and to improve the next editions, we have sent you a questionnaire. If you haven't answered it yet, you can fill it in here:
Your answers are precious for us! Thank you to everyone!
You too, continue to share your ideas and achievements with us, by email or on social networks, with the hashtag #semainedubonheuralecole to allow us to be inspired by each other! In these difficult times, we all need a little bit of HAPPINESS and the best way is to make it ourselves!