Our School Counselor and I are available to support you! Hillary Harris (School Counselor) and myself are here to support kids and parents during the school closures. Feel free to contact us 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 – email@example.com Visit her site: https://bit.ly/2WHNev4 Ashley Dunn – firstname.lastname@example.org
We will each post resources and ideas to our websites. Resources you will find:
Expectations and Routines + Resources During Closure
Emotionally Support During Difficult Times + Mindfulness
Managing Screen Time + Alternatives to Screen Time
Zones of Regulation Activities to deal with emotions
Jaguars at Home Recognition
Practicing kindness and focusing on the good things around us helps our kids develop empathy and compassion for themselves and others. It also helps kids (and adults) to focus on the positive in difficult situations. For the weeks that we are our of school I'll be posting daily kindness activities from They are hosting a 30 Days of Kindness Challenge. Follow along below or sign up HERE
Day 30: https://youtu.be/uJKPodHeZxE
Day 29: https://youtu.be/xbIxW8IAoY8
Day 28: https://youtu.be/J51dXfxZMsY
Day 27: https://youtu.be/J51dXfxZMsY
Day 26: https://youtu.be/Qd9J-UVyAYU
Day 25: https://youtu.be/SxPgFfaASaE
Day 24: https://youtu.be/z6Oa_TuqxwE
Day 23: https://youtu.be/EzZRHAXmYoM
Day 22: https://youtu.be/fJvvbO6hkn4
Day 21: https://youtu.be/8KRXa5smZtk
Day 20: https://youtu.be/_ZChUwyU_0Q
Day 19: https://youtu.be/ZntqSPybHV0
Day 18: https://youtu.be/6k05ShUuTqE
Day 17: https://youtu.be/O4qdGEkEOLo
Day 16: https://youtu.be/gGXENfqMQ3c
Day 15: https://youtu.be/fP9RzrVGVQk
Day 14: https://youtu.be/jgoTj7V7dF0
Day 13: https://youtu.be/08zA4zGeXKY
Day 12: https://youtu.be/3dSQdl_3RuM
Day 11: https://youtu.be/FNHJd4X-Pxw
Day 10: https://youtu.be/hqrOBMvTQuc
Day 9: https://youtu.be/TlFUGUoy_18
Day 8: https://youtu.be/AxxOTfyWGWA
Day 7: https://youtu.be/6PGwCmcY8Qo
Day 6: https://youtu.be/GSr8dnE3-Ao
Day 5: https://youtu.be/d8pm0JNOrwU
Day 4: https://youtu.be/s9-XRnbq4ws
Day 3: https://youtu.be/JIzY5OVy5kw
Day 2: https://youtu.be/wMqLyhwTfvI
Day 1: https://youtu.be/IPzRnhza808
Below is a link to all the services available to families in our community. Please reach out to us if you need help accessing any of the resources.
A great tool for dealing with big emotions 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.
Try mindfulness with Second Step's Mind Yeti: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiaUKiwbiHMQDQLCXoPaMMYotldKlUQCw
Yoga can be a great way to stretch your body, relax, and let go of worries/anxiety: https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga
Breathe 4 Change also has some great mindfulness/yoga activities for the classroom that you can use at home.
3 Collective Breaths_Breathe For Beginnings_Primary & Secondary.pdf
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.
SEL activities to try each week!
Week of May 4th Activity
Gingerbread Activity with the Zones
Zones of Regulation Gingerbread Activity.pdf
Week of May 15th Activity
Zones Across the Day
Zones Across the Day blank.pdf
Managing Screen Time, Screen Time Alternatives, and How to Help Your Child Socialize
Tips for Managing Screen Time
Ideas for screen time rules: Click Here
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, check out this link: Why relational connection is so important during the coronavirus pandemic
Emotionally Supporting Children in Difficult Times - Anxiety and Mindfulness Resources
Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes
Hey Warrior! By Karen Young
What To Do When You Worry Too Much by Dawn Huebner (a Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy [CBT] workbook for kids :)
49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child :)
Creative Counseling for Anxiety!
The Anxiety Iceberg Activity!
Explanation: An iceberg is a large chunk of ice where you only see 10% of it above water... the rest of the 90% is below water so we cannot see most of an iceberg. This activity takes the geological iceberg and uses it to understand our anxiety. Often we may know we have anxiety, but it can be very helpful to think of all the causes that are contributing to that anxiety. Once we know some causes, we can work on changing those negative thoughts or talking about events with others that have made us anxious. See my example below followed by a blank one for y’all to complete on your own (adults can do this, too!)
Catastrophic Thinking/Snowball Effect Activity
Catastrophic thinking (also called the “Snowball Effect”... see the snowball pictures below) is when our thoughts jump to the worst conclusions from a small event happening. I like to use the story of “Chicken Little” as an example: a small event happened—an acorn fell on his head—and he immediately jumped to the apocalyptic thought of “THE SKY IS FALLING!”/The world is ending.
EVERYONE engages in catastrophic thinking from time to time. But it’s important to catch ourselves from having our thoughts snowball into catastrophic thoughts.
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.
A quick visual of Calm Down strategies (more K-2 but still applicable for grades 3-5)
A visual of how drawing or writing out your thoughts can help you with Anxiety:
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.
Online Tools See Mindfulness resources to the right
Setting Up Expectations
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.