Dear families - Below you will find weekly resources to support your family during this time around structuring your time at home, social emotional learning at home, and mindfulness activities.
1. If you need support with laptops, food, or other needs click the Issaquah School District Resources webpage here: HERE
2. Here is a great comprehensive list of all types of Resources from Swedish! :) /cfs-file/__key/widgetcontainerfiles/3fc3f82483d14ec485ef92e206116d49-g-EHv0lD8i60_2D00_KzURG4QEn6A-page-0schoolclosureresources/Support-for-students-3_2D00_2020-_2800_1_2900_.docx
3. Here's a file specifically about COVID19 and the emotional reactions some of us are having in response to the pandemic: /cfs-file/__key/widgetcontainerfiles/3fc3f82483d14ec485ef92e206116d49-g-EHv0lD8i60_2D00_KzURG4QEn6A-page-0schoolclosureresources/COVID-as-Grief-and-Ways-to-Cope.docx
If you would like something specific that is not listed here on my website, please reach out to me personally at: email@example.com
Your School Counselor and PBSES Coach are available to support you!
Myself--Hillary Harris (School Counselor) and my wonderful teammate Ashley Dunn (PBSES – "Positive Behavior and Social Emotional Intervention and Supports" coach) are here to support kids and parents during the school closures. We will each post weekly resources and ideas to their websites. Our weekly plan is below... with the actual weekly resources below that (the most recent week's resources will be on top).
Expectations and Routines + Resources During Closure
Emotional Support During Difficult Times + Mindfulness
Managing Screen Time + Alternatives to Screen Time
Art Therapy with a mini Zones of Regulation lesson :)
Kindness to Self and Knowing Support Network
Feel free to contact me (Hillary) or Ashley for any specific supports or questions you might have. If you are unsure who to contact, feel free to include both of us on an email.
Hillary Harris – firstname.lastname@example.org
Ashley Dunn – email@example.com
This resource is a non-stop shop for all things Covid-19 ELEMENTARY COUNSELING related :)
WEEK 5 ☼
Interactive Video Lesson: Happy Support Flower!
WEEK 4 ☼
Interactive Video Lesson: Zones of Regulation
SPRING BREAK! ☼Have fun and rest
1. Tips for Managing Screen Time
Ideas for screen time rules: Click Here
2. Alternatives to Screen Time:
Ways to socially interact from a distance: Social distancing should not mean social isolation. Children—especially young children—need quality time with their caregivers and other important people in their lives. Social connectedness improves children’s chances of showing resilience to adversity. With age-appropriate parental supervision, apps like the ones listed below can provide safe, at-home socializing.
Snapchat, Houseparty, Discord (for gamers), Netflix Party, Face time, Zoom, Skype
Idea #1: Arrange video ‘play dates’ (options: FaceTime or Zoom) Option: Weekly themes – ex. Reading theme: kids read their favorite book to each other, act out character voices, and dress up like their favorite character. For older kids, create a book club ‘meet up’. Lego theme: Have kids bring out their Legos and build together.
Idea #2: Have your kids send letters/pictures to neighbors, friends, families via email
Idea #3: Host a virtual game night or dinner with your family friends
Idea #4: Connect with neighbors virtually
Idea #5: Weekly Extended Family Virtual Hang Out
For additional ideas, click below:
Emotionally Supporting Children in Difficult Times + Mindfulness
1. Emotionally Supporting Children in Difficult Times
49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child :)
Creative Counseling for Anxiety!
1. The Anxiety Iceberg Activity!
2. Catastrophic Thinking/Snowball Effect Activity
Below is an example of Catastrophic Thinking. I used it in terms of academics/grades/success... but feel free to have the initial setting event (“I got a 2 in math” in the example below) be something else, like maybe an unexpected event in the family, the coronavirus, sports, art, friendships, etc.
Now try it yourself!
A great tool for dealing with big emotions and stressful situations is MINDFULNESS. Kids who are stressed, anxious, overthink things, or have difficulty focusing can benefit from infusing mindfulness into their daily or weekly routine. Try out one of the links below.
Daily Check Ins
Another simple way to infuse mindfulness into your day is to do a daily check in. Below are some questions you can use to guide your check in. This could look like sitting down as a family and going around the circle, or it could be a one on one conversation you have with your child or other adults in your home.
Creating Routines/Expectations + Resources During Closure
1. Creating Routines and Expectations
Tips for surviving the school closure (my favorite is the last one on the list):
A few tips for setting up a routine/schedule during school closures:
For families that work best with schedules: Create a schedule for each day with your children to break up the time. Include time for learning, playing, physical exercise, uninterrupted work time for mom/dad, chores, and mental health activities. *the schedule doesn’t need to be too strict
For families that work best with checklists or To Do Lists: Find a list or method that works for you. Some people like a basic notebook, others like fancy/pretty checklists, while others like to be able to check a box. Once you have your checklist, decide how many things need to be checked off each day.
2. Local Resources During Closure