As part of our Who We Are unit, (Central idea: People make choices that affect our health and well-being), the children have been looking at the choices they and the people around them make, and how they are affected. The children identified that there were many choices they were able to make themselves – such as what to eat for breakfast, what they wear, who their friends are. But there are also choices that others make for them – like bed time, their school, their dinner. From that point, the children have discussed what the consequences of these choices are, and how they could change if the choice was different. We have co-constructed the meaning of balance though looking at examples of balanced and imbalanced lives, and discussed what balance looks like for them.
On Thursday a real life example came up… through me. The kids noticed that I was super tired, and asked as to why that was. I decided to be honest with them and explained that I am also studying (my MEd) and had put off my study for too long so I had to stay up very late to get it done. At this point, they said they were concerned that I was not being balanced. A more balanced choice would be to work little by little on my study, and go to bed early every night. A few of them offered to ask me how my study is going so that I would remember to be balanced.
Of course, that was not part of the plan. But it is really exciting that the children are able to take their learning and apply it to real life. And I have promised them that I will try to be more balanced.