He aha ai? – Why we love it
Many tamariki see their differences as a negative thing and this can affect how they see themselves and their self esteem.
This activity helps our tamariki find pride in what makes them unique by reframing their differences as strengths.
Read or watch: I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont.
- What is the story trying to tell us? That it’s good to be unique and like the things that make us different.
- Why is it important to like ourselves? We feel happier and braver; we can think and do things no-one else can.
- What would the world be like if we were all the same? Not nearly as interesting! Plus, we all have different strengths, so we can combine our skills with others’ to be even stronger together.
Mention that sometimes we think things about ourselves that aren’t actually true. E.g. That we’re not good at sport, or we’re not smart.
But we might have hidden strengths we haven’t even discovered yet, and can only discover by trying things, again and again, until we get the hang of them.
The most important thing is to be happy with the strengths we have and open to the ones we might not have found yet.