Checking In - What's your weather?
How often have you asked your child or student how he or she is doing and can’t get more than “fine” out of them?
Now that you have a full house at home or are supporting your students in their homes, you want to check in with your child but it's hard when you can't get a real response out of them! Your instinct is right, though - it's more important than ever to check in with your children/students. So much has changed for them in a short amount of time and it’s important to normalize communication of their feelings. Once they are able to recognize how they are feeling, the conversation can open up to how to manage those feelings.
Through our partnership with Play for Peace, we are bringing you a series of fun, engaging, connecting activities!
Our first activities will address just this! We're sharing five fun and unique ways to “check in” with your children to give them new ways to express themselves—and help you know what is really going on with them! Once you get the hang of it, share with us the creative check ins you and YOUR child create together!
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With everything going on in the world right now, we at Kikori know that it's important to practice appreciation - and to do that, I want to share our appreciation for one of the Appreciation Living Legends - Marilyn Levin.
Marilyn, a fellow Social Worker and University of New Hampshire graduate (!), is a social entrepreneur focused on catalyzing the global transformation that is underway. Marilyn met us through the SINE network and immediately began supporting Kikori as a way to spread experiential education. Since meeting Marilyn, she has consistently brought us joy and helped us to see what is possible in the world.
Marilyn is an award winning activist, a professional speaker and trainer and the author of Experiential Activities for a Better World, a book which delivers the information and inspiration you need to become a catalyst for personal and global transformation. It provides insights, methods, perspectives, tools and over 100 activities for facilitators, teachers, counselors, trainers, and group leaders – anyone who would like to transform injustice and inspire hope and healing in themselves and others. Many of this book's activities have already been featured within Kikori with more coming out every day. She has founded several non-profits and led one of the first global collaborative fundraising challenges including the Rolling on the Floor Laughing Challenge.
This activity is an extra special one for the co-founders of Kikori. while Kendra was living in Santiago, Bryn came to visit her. They walked to Santiago's largest and highest park, Cerro San Cristobal (San Cristobal Hill), and crossed over a bridge covered in small, colorful ribbons. Upon arriving on the other side, the girls were offered ribbons of different color and pens with which to write. The bridge itself was covered in quotes and one could hang their ribbons near a quote that was meaningful to them.
This particular activity celebrated February, the month of love by sharing different types of love, however it could be used in many different ways. Kendra and Bryn each filled out ribbons for their families and their partnership together and one year later, Kikori has launched.
Celebrate Love Fence
Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean the expeditionary learning needs to hibernate! Tearing her ACL during a staff vs. students basketball game hasn't stopped "Adventure Bryn" Lottig and "Adventure Andy" Teichmiller from planning exciting winter adventures with the students in her school.
Bryn and Andy's winter adventures are mostly out at Schlect Lake Ski Trails in northern Wisconsin. The format is similar for each grade level with some special twists added in.
Welcome to our very first blog! We are honored to have this space to share with you our thoughts and opinions about experiential education and building a community to support teachers and facilitators in their critical work to promote social emotional learning.
We are a social enterprise with a vision for a more peaceful, compassionate world. We believe quality education holds the potential to change the world for the better and we believe experiential education is the key to cultivating a community prepared for the future.
Learning by doing. It's the core of who we are at Kikori. The future is new, fresh, and it doesn't come with instructions. We have to make those up as we go. That's what the kids of today and tomorrow will need to do and we believe giving them lots of practice in learning by doing and raising their emotional intelligence along with their academic knowledge is our responsibility. We don't have all the answers, and that's okay. In fact, it's kind of the point. Engaging authentically with challenges and staying curious about new possibilities is the attitude we hope to inspire in students and what better way to teach than to model that behavior ourselves?