Boris makes Floris a fancy meal... While cooking Boris feels his heart and brain fill up with stress. He has two hours to make Floris a meal that takes five hours to cook. Boris's time priorities are a little out of wack. Ben and the friends help Boris out through an object lesson involving big rocks and sand. Boris and Dave then talk about how stress can cloud our brains and make tense situations more scary than they need to be. The lesson ends with Boris walking the children through mindfulness exercises, showing kids how to return to a sense of peace in stressful situations.
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This lesson cross references the SEL Core Competency: 'Self-Management.' It uses Boris pressured situation to show children how to manage stress effectively. Boris and Dave introduce mindfulness practices and other age appropriate stress-management strategies to the children. The episode also outlines planning and organizational skills that children can use to help with time management and goal setting.
This lesson cross-references with B-LS 3. B-SMS 10. from the ASCA Mindset and Behavior Standards.
MW1: Mental Wellbeing - that mental wellbeing is a normal part of daily life, in the same way as physical health.
MW6: Mental Wellbeing - simple self-care techniques, including the importance of rest, time spent with friends and family and the benefits of hobbies and interests.
Peace in the midst of stress - how did Jesus teach us to throw our worries away? His solution is “seek first the Kingdom and the needs of life will follow” (Matthew 6:33). This is Jesus’s advice for prioritizing. Put the Kingdom (God’s will and reign) first and let all other aspects of our life follow that priority. When the Kingdom is first, family, personal well-being, and school will all be in place to help serve God’s will. Peace in our life is often a bi-product of prioritizing the Kingdom above all. Like Ben and the kids explain in this episode - Big Rocks go first; the rest will follow - peace too.
Additional Scriptures: Luke 12:34, 1 Timothy 3:5