The timing of the gift couldn’t have been better. The rocks arrived the day before two of my students had to retake the state reading exam. I let them each pick out a rock to keep for good luck. I also gave them a Care and Feeding card and asked them to follow the directions. They were so proud of those rocks! They told me whenever they felt anxious about the test, they would just reach into their pockets and touch their rocks and they immediately felt better.
Through several email conversations with Wayne and his wife, I learned that he is a custodian at a California school. He has been giving away his rocks for years just to spread joy to others, and he has lots of great stories about the positive impact they’ve had. He began giving the rocks as rewards to the students with the cleanest classroom each month, and before long he had painted hundreds of Happy Thought Rocks!
I knew my 5th graders wouldn't be comfortable telling a happy thought to a rock, but I decided that they could just as easily feed their rocks by writing their happy thoughts in a journal each day. So I created the Happy Thoughts Journal you see on the right along with a collection of different journal pages. Wayne liked my journal idea so much that that he designed two cute character pages to add to the collection. I began providing a bit of time each morning for writing happy thoughts, and it turned out to be a great way to start the day.You can download the journal cover and pages by visiting the Odds N Ends page on Teaching Resources or clicking one of the images here.
I hadn't thought about those Happy Thought Rocks in a long time, but I was recently reminded of them when a fellow blogger mentioned that she used to use gratitude journals in her classroom. I emailed Wayne to see if he was still creating them, and you're in luck because he is!
I was so touched by the gift of the rocks and by what Wayne is doing that I wanted to share the information with others. You could create your own Happy Thought Rocks, but Wayne’s prices so reasonable that you might just want to save yourself the trouble and order from him. Visit his photography website at www.weoriginals.com to see the full selection of adorable creations! You can send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Even if you don't purchase or create Happy Thought Rocks, you can still create Happy Thought Journals for your students. Allowing time for your students to write in their journals and share with others is bound to zap your classroom with a blast of positive energy! We can all use that this time of year!