Self Management: Example Exercise TEACHER WORKSHEET Group Size Emotions Individuals Whole Class Grief & Loss Learning Outcome Healing grief and loss so that the child can breathe more freely and be more available for cognitive learning Introduction Once the whole class is familiar with how to work with this 3 stage water colour process for grief and loss to bring back happiness and joy, you can introduce them to the grief and loss healing corner in the class room. This corner has a table with watercolour supplies and water colour paper. Whenever a child has a particular grief and loss issue or is just feeling sad without knowing why, they can go to the grief and loss healing corner and take themselves through the watercolour painting process outlined in group exercise below. This then becomes a self-managing process with students demonstrating their capacity to identify when they are in grief and loss and to take initiative to restore happiness back to themselves Story Grief and loss is often a whole class experience. Examples are loss of a loved headmaster after several years of leadership, loss of a loved teacher who is transferred to another school, loss of a student peer who leaves the school, loss that is triggered by loss of a parent by one member of the class, and loss of a peer or a significant sporting event. Emotional Literacy Textbook Refer to pages 65-66 Group exercise 1: Watercolour to heal grief and loss Management: Self Management: Exercise 2 STUDENT WORKSHEET Exercise Learn how to let go of sadness and create happiness. Materials Watercolour paper: 3 sheets per child Watercolour paints at least red, yellow, blue, black, and green. Paintbrushes: one large and one medium for each child Water and jar Paint palette (can use lids of ice cream containers) Instructions Step 1: Place your hand on the part of your body in which you feel the most sadness when you think about the loss. Step 2: Wet the first sheet of paper with water then to drop colours onto the water that represent how the sadness in your body is feeling Step 3: On the second sheet of paper, paint “wet on wet” the quality you have lost as a result of the loss i.e. joy, friendships, happiness, fun, love. As you paint the missing quality, imagine you are breathing this quality into the part of your body that is feeling sad. Step 4: Take the third sheet of paper. Place your hand back on your body where you felt the sadness before and with your x-ray eyes have look at the colours and shapes in that part of the body. Paint the colours and shapes. Repeat these steps once a day for at least one week. Conclusion Think about how you can bring more fun, friends, warmth, joy or whatever the missing quality is when you feel sad. It is very good to paint it because this help change the feelings from sad to happy.