What is a “happie?" Several years ago when Dr. Jean was doing a workshop, a teacher walked in with a cup of coffee from her favorite coffee shop. Dr. Jean said, “Don’t you just love that coffee?” She replied, “Yes, it’s my happie.” The teacher explained, “You know every day is not totally happy. You have to do a little something special for yourself each day - something to make you happy. That’s what a ‘happie’ is.”
We decided that we needed to put some “happies” back in the classroom day as well. Teachers are overburdened with standards, assessments, and expectations from administrators and parents. We wanted to create something to make teaching and learning more FUN! And, yes, we back up our playful and meaningful activities with research and the latest teaching trends.
Each month we have hands-on learning activities with cheers, handshakes, attention grabbers, transitions, Prezis, management tips, brain breaks, finger plays, math, literacy, science, and seasonal lesson plans. There is a video where Dr. Jean demonstrates activities, as well as 15+ song downloads with visuals, QR codes, and books.
Assessments for the ELA, math, science, and social studies topics covered in each monthly packet are available with ESGI. You can spend less time assessing and more time with "happies," using ESGI for one-on-one assessments.
It’s the BEST OF THE BEST from the 60+ years we have gleaned from working with children. We believe it’s a “treasure chest” of positive strategies, and we hope you will agree with us.