Teaching Kids Positive Thinking
Ping’s Positive Thoughts, a Moshi Moment, helps kids learn the power of positive thinking. Ping is a panda who is sure of her self-affirmations! She teaches kids that positive thinking is good:
Because reminding yourself of all the good things in your life can help improve your
health and make you feel more relaxed . . . Ping does this every morning to fill herself
up with happy energy . . . but you can do it anytime
Below are three ways to teach kids positive thinking during the day:
Include a Moshi Moment like Ping’s Positive Thoughts before kids settle into learning mode. To help build community and practice self-affirmations, try a “smile and greet” with each child. Going around the circle, each student says their name and something positive they would like to achieve today.
Interactive SEL Activities
Teach SEL skills through fun and interactive learning structures. After listening to Ping’s Positive Thoughts, have students work independently or with a partner on the paper chain activity. The paper chain can also be a fantastic collective event by attaching all the paper chain thoughts together and displaying the chain in the classroom. This display can be revisited by students at any time to explore others’ positive thoughts and incorporate them into their day, too. Watch the ‘How to…’ YouTube video with your classroom for guidance.
Ping’s Positive Thoughts also supports an optimistic closure to a lesson or to the end of the school day. This can be a great way to reinforce positive affirmations or revisit the progress made on a goal. By closing on the highlights of shared understanding and lessons learned, students can get to know more about acquiring a sense of accomplishment. We carry the memory of our last moments of a particular experience very clearly, so it is important to transition from school life to home life with positivity in mind. The closing activity may also support forward-thinking: How can we use these positive thoughts tomorrow?
By integrating positive interactions throughout the school day, we encourage a safe and caring community of learners where each student contributes to work together productively. As Ping reminds us and our students: There is only ONE you . . . and you are very special!