The idea is to strengthen children’s self-esteem and help them to better understand themselves: to make them more aware of their abilities, achievements and good things in their daily life and to open their eyes to the things that affect their health. “What sort of everyday things do I do when it comes to eating, exercise and well-being?” “What would I like to do?” The purpose is to foster the ideas that “I am good just the way I am, and I’ll keep learning health skills throughout my whole life.”
The activities are taken from the book “I can and I succeed” [in Finnish] which is on sale on the Smart Family website. The aim of the book is to encourage children and families to focus on the good things in life, to help parents to listen to their children and to reflect together on things that are important at present. The good things in daily life are often taken for granted and left unsaid.
The activities can also be used independently to work with a child or a group of children. The idea is to make children aware of their skills and what gives them pleasure, and to reflect on them, as well as to raise their awareness of learning and promoting their health.
There are six themes:
· I can
· I enjoy
· I exercise
· Yummy (eating)
· Click (screen time)
The book has other themes too, such as “I am learning”, “I wish” and “Hooray”.
The completed activities can be compiled into nursery memories, a school exercise portfolio or displayed on the wall.
It is important to compliment and encourage children: to note their successes and reward them for working hard. Positive feedback is a powerful tool that affects children’s behaviour, and can be used by adults to strengthen and improve children’s behavioural patterns. Good self-esteem is acknowledging your own value; it helps children to become individuals who can endure disappointments and setbacks and who can make the right choices and learn to trust other people.