I hope this email finds you well after the weekend, and ready for whatever your week might bring.
The children are well underway with their LIGHTS projects now. They have ‘L’ooked at their current situation, have ‘I’nvestigated alternatives and are currently ‘G’oing for it with their projects. Once they have finished their projects they will spend some time reflecting on ‘H’ow things have changed and ‘S’o what have I learnt.
What I really love about the LIGHTS process is that it can be done on a big scale or a small scale, and that lots of us are going about this process each and every moment of our lives.
There are so many little ways that we do these things. Recently a number of the teachers have been making ‘bliss balls’. This has come as a response to ‘Looking at the current situation’ and realising that the snacks we eat are often highly processed and full of sugar, and that consuming too much sugar is not good for our health. Through ‘Investigating the alternatives’ they have decided they can reduce their intake of processed foods through making bliss balls. In the ‘Go for it’ phase I know a number of people that are making their own bliss ball recipes based on the learning they have done about the nutritional content of different foods – learning new things is an important aspect of the ‘Go for it’ phase. The difference though is we are learning something for a very specific and authentic reason. In the next step ‘How have things changed’ the teachers would look at whether their bliss ball creating has actually reduced the amount of processed food and sugar they are consuming. In this particular little project my personal favourite part was the ‘Time to share’ – the sharing of bliss balls in the staffroom!
A LIGHTS project in our lives might be something small like making bliss balls or it could be the big process we are currently in of looking at what our next building will be like.
I encourage you, next time you have a challenge or an opportunity take some time to go through the LIGHTS process yourself. Share what you have done with your children so they can learn and grow from your role modelling.
To know more about the LIGHTS process please feel free to ask any of our staff.