Planning for the Winter Blues
It’s cold. Freezing cold.
As bad as it is for us, it’s worst for school kids.
After months of special events (Labor Day, Veterans Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Winter break, New Years, MLK Day) the calendar is quite bare.
When the weather gets too cold for outdoor recess, kids understandably get restless.
The admin team at Louisville Collegiate School recognized that the Winter blues comes every year, even in warm climate areas.
Instead of lecturing kids to behave “better,” they went after the root of the problem, and turned the Winter blues into a great opportunity.
They created a special week of projects, where the entire kids’ curriculum was flipped. Instead of teaching kids music, I taught them the exciting world of eating insects, which provided more protein and less fat than chicken!
Teachers were excited because they taught a completely different topic for a week. The kids were excited about learning and creating innovative projects.
The whole community looked forward to that previously dead time in the calendar where something new and exciting happened every day.
Is there any dead time in your calendar, where your community feels a little down, around the same time every year?
What can you do to transform your Winter blues into the most exciting time of the year?
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