Life Lab

Self-management and problem-solving skills for children

Our Life Lab program is a course designed for children aged 5 to 12 which aims to develop creative problem-solving skills for understanding and dealing with their stuckness. Angela Pezzano and I designed it to help children identify situations in their life where they feel stuck and give them the awareness and resources to find their own solutions, alone or with their peers.

Find out more about our Life Lab Program and follow our children as they progress through the course.

 

Responding or reacting?

Responding or reacting?

In this Life Lab experience we gave 5 and 6 year old students a situation and asked them what would be an appropriate response, which they all knew -  intellectually – how to address. Through the use of drumming on the Djembes, we did an activity whereby they...

Balancing out polarities

Balancing out polarities

It does spark joy when young children are grasping concepts, sharing mature responses and can add ‘Polarity’ to their vocabulary – and actually know what it means. Their LEGO builds during this lesson embodied the multiple perspectives of polarities.  Unexpectedly the...

Polarity Henchman comes to (Lego Serious) Play

Polarity Henchman comes to (Lego Serious) Play

There was somewhat hesitation writing the learning intention for a group of 7-year old’s this week; asking them to identify the difference between a problem and a polarity, understanding with a polarity, it’s not about a solution but a balance of the 2 parts they are...

Lego Serious Play Addiction

Lego Serious Play Addiction

Whilst our Life Lab program was going to use LEGO® Serious Play® every now and then as a tool for students to debrief and further understand their learning, it’s apparent now if I don’t bring the LEGO® to my next session, there may well be a mutiny. We had planned an...

I Promise not to break my Promise

I Promise not to break my Promise

The Problem Henchmen presented an example in class this week, when our junior students learned and used Clarifying skills to define what a problem is and is there anything we can do about it? Their shared and agreed problem to use as an example was; When people break...

Pushing the margins in Life Lab

Pushing the margins in Life Lab

More happenings on our Life Lab pilot: this week, Angela Pezzano saw a difference between 5 year olds who jumped on the task with unburdened colour and energy, and 12 year olds who have been moulded by school constraints... Here is her account: "Pushing the Margins in...

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