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The activities below are to help you stay busy. If you have other educational activities you're doing at home that is fine too and we'd love to hear from you about them!
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Smile and be friendly, even while you're social distancing. This will be an easy one for you as you are all naturally smiley!Try to increase the number of times you smile instead, as every time you do your brain releases happy hormones into your body. Happy Friday!
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “All your dreams can come true if you have the courage to pursue them” – Walt Disney- following your dreams takes a lot of work and can often be scary. However, if you gather as much courage as you can and go for it anyway, your dreams will have a better chance of coming true. You may experience setbacks, but just keep going and never give up. Happy Friday ;)
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Show your appreciation to those who are helping others. Simply saying thank you and taking a moment to think about those who are helping others can really help you to remember to be grateful. There is so much to appreciate at the moment - why not take the time to find it!
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “Never give up on what you really want to do. The person with big dreams is more powerful than one with all the facts. ” – Albert Einstein- If you stay true to what you really want to do, then you will find ways to make it happen. Big dreams work on big magic. Never give up.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Think of 3 things you're grateful for and write them down. These could be a person, a meal, an experience, a sound, a memory. Try to think of at least one each day to boost your mood!
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.” – Roald Dahl -It’s amazing what good thoughts can do to a person. When you think positively, that energy expands from within you. This glow makes you look beautiful, inspires others, and makes you a pleasant person to be around. Your thoughts spread energy; choose happy energy.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Re-frame a worry and try to find a positive way to respond. If a worry pops into your head, answer it with a positive thought such as "Yes, but..." and find all the positive things that are good instead.
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Listen to everyone and learn from everyone, because nobody knows everything but everyone knows something. The importance of education can not be stressed enough. Make a list of reasons why you think learning is valuable for you. How will this improve your life?
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Decide to look for what's good, even on the difficult days. Try to think of a sound, a taste, a happy memory or favourite song if you have a moment where you feel a bit low today. That low feeling will pass and you have space then for all the happy thoughts.
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “With the new day come new thoughts and new strengths.” – Eleanor Roosevelt- Welcome back to a new term of learning. Tell someone close to you what you have enjoyed in your learning today.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Ask a loved one what matters most to them and why. It is always good to ask others how they feel and what makes them happy-and they will see your kindness shining through!
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “ Resilience means you experience, you feel, you fail, you hurt. You fall. But, you keep going.” ― Yasmin Mogahed
Resilience is all about believing in yourself. You can achieve anything. Happy Friday :)
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Share 3 photos of things you find meaningful or memorable. Who could do with a smile today? Why not send them a photo or draw them a picture and send it. What made you happy from each memory?
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “Do the best you can in every task, no matter how unimportant it may seem at the time” – Sandra Day O’Connor- Choose one thing in your life where you are not doing your best and make a commitment to change this. Start doing it and see how it makes you feel.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Reflect on what makes you feel really valued and appreciated. What are you most proud of? What do you do that makes others feel wonderful? Ask a family member what their favourite things about you are and think about these things.
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Reading gives us a place to go when we have to stay where we are. Make the time today to pick up a book, find a quiet place and enjoy escaping into a different world.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Find a way to craft what you are doing to give it more meaning. This could be experimenting with using imaginative words in your tasks today, speaking with expression, collecting items from the garden which are different shades of green, or simply making something fun by talking about it to someone as you do it. This is what memories are made of!
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: In a world in which you can be anything, be kind.
What does it mean to be kind? Think about ways in which you can show kindness to those around you. How many acts of kindness can you achieve today?
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Hand write a note to someone you love or miss and send them a photo of it. This act of kindness will make you feel really happy, as well as the person who receives it. Can you think of a funny joke to use in it? Maybe they will write you a note too.
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “With the new day come new thoughts and new strengths.” – Eleanor Roosevelt- Happy Monday! Do something today that will make you proud of yourself. Cherish that feeling because you alone achieved it.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Find out about the values and traditions of another culture. What do you share that's the same? What have you found out that is interesting? What would you like to know more about?
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “Life doesn’t get easier or more forgiving, we get stronger and more resilient.” Steve Maraboli- What skills do you possess that help you to be resilient? (bravery, determination, perseverance, self-confidence) What skills would you like to improve?
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Show your gratitude to people who are helping to make things better. If you have made a rainbow for your house to display in the windows, remind yourself why it's there each time you look at it. Join in with the Clap for the NHS at 8pm or maybe give a little clap every time you see the rainbow or wash your hands.
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them one of yours.” – Zig Ziglar- What makes you smile? What can you do to make others around you smile? How many smiles can you give away today?
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Today do something to care for the natural world. You could turn off a light when it's not needed, turn the TV off properly - not leave it on standby, don't leave those taps running, think about what you can recycle rather than throw away and maybe water some plants in your garden. They won't have had a drink since the weekend!
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The most important things in life are not what you can see, but what you feel. Antoine de Saint Exupéry
Write a list of what makes you happy. Make some happy moments today.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Be grateful for the little things, even in difficult times. Why not try thinking about something you are grateful for every time you wash your hands, while you are eating, as you look outside or around your home and as you wait to fall asleep tonight.
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “Learn as much as you can while you are young, since life becomes too busy later.” – Dana Stewart Scott- Can you tell someone close to you what you have learnt today?
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: What are your most important values? Use them today. What do you believe makes a good person? Maybe kindness, patience, resilience, honesty or being positive. Try and find a way to show these to people you are with today, tomorrow and always!
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and out.” – Robert Collier- Success is not about being competitive and scoring more. It is about achieving something that is meaningful to you. What’s your best achievement today?
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Set yourself a kindness mission. Give your time to help others. Offer to do the drying up after breakfast or clear away your toys and games without being asked! Many hands make light work. Happy Friday to you all x
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “We do not need magic to transform our world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already.” JK Rowling. Being resilient means being brave enough to make mistakes and learn from them. Have a Fab Friday everyone :)
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Let someone you love know how much they mean to you. Why stop at one person? Tell everyone you love why you appreciate them today. How does it make you feel? How does it make them feel?
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning. Diane Ackerman
What is your favourite game? Share it with your family. Make it fun.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Take a step towards one of your life goals, however small. Being resilient is one if the best things you can be - try something new that you've always wanted to achieve. The time we have to do this is a gift - do something new, for you.
Mrs khan’s thought of the day: CURIOSITY WILL CONQUER FEAR EVEN MORE THAN BRAVERY WILL. James Stephens
What does it mean to be curious? What are you most curious about?
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Send friends a photo of a time you all enjoyed together. Even drawing a picture of a happy time with your friends will make you smile. If you email it to your teacher, your friends can see it on the blog!
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “Do right. Do your best. Treat others the way you want to be treated” – Lou Holtz
Do something kind today. Text someone Good morning or Goodnight.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Focus on what you can do rather than what you can't do. Remember that being stuck is good - it's the first step to learning something new! Make a list of all the things that you can do now that you couldn't do a year ago...I know it will be a long list :o)
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The secret of getting ahead is getting started. Mark Twain
Make a list of your daily tasks. How many can you tick off by the end of the day?
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Take a minute to remember what really matters to you and why. This can be experiences, things you have been really resilient about and seen your own successes in, your relationships with people and things that make you complete.
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed. Theodore Roosevelt
Always remember that the mistakes you make are proof that you are trying. Never give up. Happy Friday everyone. Have a great weekend.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Remember that all feelings and situations pass in time. Today is always a fresh new day and focus on what you can look forward to.
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud. Maya Angelou
Give someone you miss a call today. Make them smile.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Connect with nature. Breathe and notice life continuing. During the day, make time to stop and be part of nature. Use all of your senses - sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste to appreciate what is outside your door. See if you can spot these things daily or have they changed?
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.
Take time to listen to those around you. Make a list of all that you have learned from them.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Make a plan to meet up with others again later in the year. It is really good to make plans as they will happen, even though we don't know quite when. What would you love to do with your friends and your wider family when we can have more face to face contact with each other? Chat to your friends and family about it as it is something wonderful to look forward to!
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything. Theodore Roosevelt
Try something different today, a different food, a new book, or a kind act. Make today a little different.
Action for Happiness from Mrs Liversidge: Thank three people you're grateful to and tell them why. Being at home gives us the time to think about who we appreciate. Who are you thankful for for keeping you motivated and happy? It might be your family, your friends, your teacher, the NHS staff across the country who are helping those who need medical support or someone else.
Mrs Khan’s THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “Make each day your masterpiece.” – John Wooden
Think of waking up to each new day with a plain canvas in front of you. The day is yours to create however you wish. Pretend you could take each day and hang it on the wall to admire the art.