We will continue talking about Habit 4 of the 7 habits of happy kids. This habit is “Think Win Win”. In this habit we will be moving from the private victory to the public victory. Our first 3 habits were all about bettering ourselves and improving our own lives. With “Think win-win” we will learn about 4 outcomes that are available when you interact with someone else; win-win, win-loose, loose-win, and loose-loose.
Win-Win- “Let’s find a solution that works for both of us.” People who search for solutions that make them happy and at the same time make others happy. People in this category have both the courage to say what they want and the consideration to work toward mutual benefit.
Win-Loose- “I am going to beat you no matter what” People who fit in this category are only concerned with themselves they want to win and make others loose. They have the courage to say what they want, but are low on consideration. With win-loose you think of competition, comparison, power, and position. This is actually a very common interaction in our society. As parents we naturally have position over our children and sometimes put our agenda over theirs. We must remind ourselves to constantly be on guard for situations in which we can change a win-loose to a win-win when interacting with children.
Loose-Win- “I always get stepped on” People in this category have lots of consideration of others but they lack the courage to express and act on their own feelings and beliefs. Too much time in this category creates the victim mentality and people who just follow the crowd. They may bury a lot of their feelings, have no demands or expectations of others, and they are quick to please others even at the expense of themselves.
Loose-Loose- “If I’m going down, you’re going down with me.” People in this category are low on courage and consideration they envy and criticize others. They put themselves and others down. This situation can be the long term result of a win-lose.
In class we will talk about ways to make situations win-win, we will think of cooperation, communication, and seek for mutual benefit. These are great topics to discuss at home in your family.
In our biome study of the oceans we will look closer at the twilight zone, which is between 600-3000 feet down. There is enough light to see during the day, but not enough light for photosynthesis to take place, so no plants live in this zone. We will talk about the size of different types of whales and give the children a good visual to help them imagine their real size. We will learn the parts of a fish and do some water experiments. In art we will learn about Pablo Picasso and focus on some of his line drawings.
Have a wonderful week! Ms Martha and Ms Valerie