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Why do we give high fives? Simply, the “high five” is a gesture that encourages a positive outcome! It is like a mini celebration. We give high fives when we are proud of someone, when we complete a task, or just generally, passing along a “good feeling.”

It is important in life to learn how to be our own cheerleaders and be proud of ourselves for what we have accomplished. So let’s make our own, personal high five!

What you need:

  • Construction paper/coloured paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue/tape
  • Markers

Step 1: Take a piece of construction paper and trace your hand with a marker.

Step 2: Cut out your hand print.

Step 3: Here you can be creative and choose any colours of paper and make shapes to glue to your hand! Here is an example:

Step 4:In the palm of your hand, write out “High 5!”

Step 5: On each finger of your hand, write words that are encouraging to YOU! Words that make you feel good and decorate your hand however you like! You can use designs using different coloured markers, be creative! Here is an example:

Nina Semchyshyn

Originally from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Nina graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a BA in French Language, Literature Studies and the Certificate French Language Proficiency Program at McGill University. Currently, she studies public relations at Humber College. Her passion for working with children began at a young age through the Ukrainian community’s leadership program and coaching rhythmic gymnastics for the past nine years. Through working with students that have faced the difficulties of learning a different language, or the training hardships that her gymnasts faced, Nina believes that best practices come from learning resilience. Recognizing and understanding each student’s learning style and finding techniques to help guide them to their own personal and academic successes is a value that Nina believes will help promote the principle that education is a journey and she hopes to be a supportive influence of that.
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