Fifth grader Catherine Fultz summarizes the the book The Energy Bus and explains how kids can have positive energy. She gives us five rules that will help kids stay positive throughout their day. If you follow these five rules daily, you can change the world one classmate at a time.
Create a Positive Vision
On the bus in the morning, envision you are going to have a great day at school. On the bus after school, believe you are going to have a great night when you get home. Also, imagine yourself getting good grades and achieving your goals and dreams.
Fuel Your Ride with Positive Energy
Positive energy are the things you feel and think about that make you and others feel good about themselves when you share them together. For example, smiling and laughing with someone else will give both of you positive energy. If you “fuel up with positive energy, you will have the power to overcome challenges and achieve your goals.”
No Bullies Allowed
There are plenty of negative people in life who will try to drain your positive energy. Bullies can do this by saying hurtful things to you or to others. Some people will make you feel better and some people will make you feel worse. Choose to spend time with friends who make you feel good about yourself.
Love Your Passengers
The most powerful expression of positive energy is love. The best way to demonstrate love is through showing respect and kindness to others. For example, you can show compassion to kids being teased at school and be helpful around the house for your parents.
Enjoy the Ride
People with positive energy can change the world, even fifth graders. This is possible by sharing your positive energy with others along the way. Use something to remind yourself to be positive everyday, like a bracelet, or a song, or an inspirational quote you can read every morning.
It is possible to feel positive vibes every day. More importantly, it is better to pass on your positive energy to others throughout the day. You can do this by loving others through acts of kindness, compassion, and respect.
- Watch the video together or invite someone to summarize the topic.
- What is your initial reaction to this video? Do you disagree with any of it? What jumped out at you?
- Describe positive energy in your own words.
- How can simply picturing a great day or night actually make it to happen? How can imagining yourself succeeding make you feel more positive about yourself?
- What negative thoughts or feelings do you have throughout the day? How does that make you feel and affect the people around you? What positive thoughts or feelings do you have throughout the day? How does that make you feel and affect the people around you?
- Describe a time you’ve been bullied? How have you maybe bullied someone else?
- How are you kind to others besides your close friends at school? How are you helpful to your parents at home?
- What can you wear or do to remind yourself to be positive and to share that energy with others every day?
- Write a personal action step based on this conversation.