BOUNCE BACK TIPS: The Power of Words
One of my favourite activities from when I was teaching Year 2 in our Bounce Back lessons a few years ago was writing on paper, screwing up the paper and throwing it in the bin.
The purpose of the activity was learning that we don’t have to accept ‘put-downs’ and hurtful words spoken to us. We wrote down unkind words that have been said and then put them in the bin where they belong! It’s a powerful exercise and very liberating.
The Bible tells us: Proverbs 18:21a (CEV) ‘Words can bring death or life!’
We can’t prevent people from ever saying negative words to our children, but we can teach them resilience. We can teach them to choose to believe true words, and we can speak these words of affirmation over them. God says they are ‘fearfully and wonderfully made’ Psalm 139:14.
Another important part of our lesson is learning to forgive those who may have said negative words to us. Forgiveness gives us great freedom. This can be hard, but by the grace of God, it is possible. We are coming up to Easter, a time when we are reminded that Jesus was willing to give His life so that we may be forgiven, and He set an example to us by forgiving those who hurt Him. Encourage your children to be quick to forgive, and slow to anger.
This year has seen yet another change in my teaching role at PCS. I am taking K-4 classes for RFF (release from face-to-face) periods. I get to teach a wide variety of subjects from Maths to PE. It is wonderful to be able to get to know all the students in Junior School and reconnect with students that I have previously taught.
Working with children is a great privilege and we really do have amazing students here at PCS!
Miss Janice Roberts
Deputy Head of Junior School