The pre-kindergartners receive another gift – ‘energy’! Squeak and Mimi, the hedgehog puppets, have lots and lots of energy in their puppet play. Is it true that kids have more energy than adults? Squeak thinks so! But what is energy?
The students find, in this lesson, that energy is what makes them think positive thoughts and do many positive actions. It is like their fuel that gives them the power to play, learn, and have fun. When they are low on energy, they are not up for anything.
The "Energy Ups and Downs" poster is displayed to show them the ways that energy is used and built up. This is a great guide for the pre-kindergarten class to identify which positive actions bring their energy up and down. It also helps them learn how to manage it.
"The students find, in this lesson, that energy is what makes them think positive thoughts and do many positive actions. It is like their fuel that gives them the power to play, learn, and have fun."
Now that the class knows more about energy, they receive their "Energy" sticker for their Manager’s Cap. Then, they pass the Manager’s Cap around and share how they like to use their energy. The lesson ends with the students’ learning that they need to think about how to positively use this gift, then do it. As a result, this can make them feel better about themselves!
Daily tasks require varying levels of energy. For example, showering and brushing the teeth require less effort than cleaning the house. Understanding the energy requirements of tasks helps a great deal in knowing how much energy to allocate and reserve for each.
The goal of this lesson is to teach pre-kindergartners to reserve, build, and allocate their energy to maintain their performance even until the end of the day. Managing their energy wisely is a self-management skill that benefits their health, performance, and mood.