April 6, 2020
Big Changes versus Small Changes
On a paper/board/etc. Create a rating scale and label one side “small change” and the other “big change”. Ask your child about recent changes in their lives. You may want to share a few examples to get them started.
Your child/children will think of a few of their own, write them on a piece of paper/post it and tape it to the paper/board rating scale. Tape where they think it belongs on the scale.
It’s a great opportunity for you to gain insight into how your child views and internalizes everyday changes. Note: Changes can feel different for every person experiencing them. Even it’s a small change for one student, it may feel like a big change for someone else.
· How did you feel when this change happened?
· Did this change make you feel scared or nervous?
April 7, 2020
Kind Words Activity
Help your child brainstorm kind words to use when communicating with other people.
Start a conversation with your child about kind words and why we should use them. Some questions may include:
· “Why should we use kind words?”
· “Was there a time when someone said something to you that hurt your feelings?”
· "What could they have said that would have been nicer?”
On a piece of paper, have them draw thought bubbles/clouds, have them fill in the bubbles with kind words they would like to say to other people. These can be something nice when they think about a classmate, a teacher, someone at home, etc. For example: “I think you are really great at drawing.” You want to prompt your child to let those kind words flow and fill up the page.
April 8, 2020
Dealing with Disappointment
Disappointment can happen for many reasons, and most of us experience some sort of disappointment quite often. As adults, we have learned how to overcome the everyday minor disappointments. For children, a small disappointment can feel huge.
This activity can help you, help your child, identify what to do in times of disappointment.
Prompt: “We’re going to talk about times when we were disappointed. Can you think of a time when you were disappointed?
A few examples:
· When you lose at a game
· When you fall off your bike
· When a friend is mean or leaves you out
How do you feel when those things happen?
Discuss with your child what they can do when something doesn’t go their way. Explain how the way we react in times of disappointment can really help our mood and how we go on with our day. It’s a good opportunity for you to see what resonates with them when they have those feelings and develop ways to cope with those disappointments.
April 9, 2020
Signs of Stress reference do 2 learn
It can be useful to help your children identify the physical signs of stress. When students can identify early signs of stress or anxiety, this might help prevent escalations/meltdowns. How do children feel when they are stressed? How do they look when they are stressed?
Help them understand the concept of stress. What is stress? It’s caused any event or thought that makes you feel physical tension and /or mental tension. Stress is often described as a mix of emotions-frustration, anxiety, nervousness, anger, fear, confusion and even sadness. Have your child talk to you if they are displaying these symptoms.
These are some bodily signs of stress:
Sweating Eyes Watering Fidgeting Loss of appetite
Red Face Upset Stomach Headache Inability to concentrate
Body aches or pains Poor Sleep Habits Exhaustion
Tense, tight muscles Hyperactivity Shallow breathing
April 10, 2020
Family Activities to Try During Closures
· Create an obstacle course with toys and games
· Play indoor games: Simon Says, Duck Duck Goose, or Follow the Leader.
· Turn up the volume and have a family dance party
· Draw, color or paint. Display the artwork on your fridge.
· Work on puzzles