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Year End Reflection Activity
IVE Countdown to Summer!
Password is in your Seesaw
Check it out to see everyone's accomplishments! Feel free to add a coin for yourself while you're there!
I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! by Julia Cook
A Story to Teach Kids to Calmly Respond to the Word No
Coming Together: Standing up to Racism
Sorry! by Trudy Ludwig
Sorry! by Norbert Landa and Tim Warnes
Something you didn't know you needed...celebrities are reading chapters of James and the Giant Peach! Music, voices, so much fun! Check it out!!
Small Things Go a Long Way
Counselors Provide Insight into Recognizing the Emotions of Kids During Pandemic
How to Make Stress Your Friend
Self-Care in the Time of Coronavirus
Strategies for Supporting Children
"Here are some helpful tips for positive coping...using creativity, humor and curiosity."
Growth Mindset: Tips and Techniques to Help your Child
Growth Mindset for Parents
How to Help Your Child Manage Time and Understand Expectations
My Kid's School is Closed, So Now What?
How to Stop Worrying About Things You Can't Change
That Discomfort You're Feeling is Grief
Guidance for Setting up Home Learning Routines
Supporting your family during COVID-19
Back to Mrs. Harper's Site
Back to Mrs. Taylor's Site
Time to Reflect!
We did it! We have reached the finish line of this school year! While we started the year in typical fashion the end was anything but typical. We all have so much to be proud of as we did our best to manage this unprecedented time together. For this reason, this week on our website we provided some ideas and resources to reflect on this school year. Reflection is important because it allows us to acknowledge our challenges and successes. The end of the school year is a great time to reflect but it is also a great time to celebrate! Be sure to go to the padlet and enjoy the Countdown to Summer activities!
We wish each and every one of you a safe and fun summer!
This week on our site is a little different. With all that is going on in the world, you may be looking for ways to talk to your kids about race. Mrs. Taylor has provided some resources on her regular website.
Check it out!
If you would like to continue our regular series, there are two topics left. We are linking them both here for you!
Listening and Respecting Boundaries
Problem Solving Steps and Tying it all Together
Make Things Right
This week our social/emotional learning topic is Making Amends! We all experience strong or uncomfortable feelings– that is ok! Sometimes those strong feelings can lead to poor choices which cause problems for others. Here are some ideas and resources on teaching kids how to make a sincere apology and how to make things right again.
This week's focus is:Making Amends
There's More than ONE Way to Solve a Problem!
This week is all about exploring the consequences of our actions. When we work to solve problems there are always options...some options are better than others because of what will happen if we make that choice. Here are some activities to help you explore possible solutions to a problem you're having and make an If... Then... plan!
This week's focus is:Exploring Consequences of Actions
This week our focus for social and emotional skill building is all about perspective taking! Learning to see things from another point of view is an important skill that helps us understand the thoughts and feelings of others. When we can do this, we are better able to communicate and resolve conflicts effectively.
This week's focus is: Seeing Others' Perspectives
Problem Solving for Families
Starting this week, we will be sharing a series of lessons and activities focused on Problem Solving for Families. These resources come from Second Step, our district adopted Social-Emotional Learning curriculum. These activities have been created to support students and families in this unique time. We hope you find these resources timely and useful!
This week's focus is: Calming Down When Conflicts Arise.
Week 5 Theme
Taking Care of the Caregiver
As parents and caregivers we put so much of our energy into caring for others. Often this means ignoring our own well-being. Self-care is an important part of our overall health. When we practice consistent self-care we increase our capacity to care for others. This week, we're sharing some ideas to help you foster your physical, social, and emotional health. Stay well!
A Guide to Self Care During Social-Distancing
Steps for Healthy Emotional Processing
Pause and Check-inTake time to stop and check-in with yourself.
Name it to Tame itBe honest with yourself - how are you feeling?
Feel Good PlanWhat are some things that you enjoy doing? Try to think of simple things you can do for yourself (try to stay away from vices and screens).
THEN, Problem Solve and/or Set BoundariesSet aside time to take care of yourself - you will feel better and be a better caregiver for others!
Week 4 Theme
Having a growth mindset means believing in the power of yourself and your brain! When we try hard things, use the right strategies, and don’t give up we grow our brain! Sometimes we call this taking steps towards mastery. A growth mindset is when we know, with practice, we will get better at something...even if we don't know it yet! This week's activities will teach you more about Growth Mindset. Remember to put a coin in the Golden Pineapple if you try something new, or stick with something that is hard! Here's the link to the padlet!
Watch a video to learn more about having a Growth Mindset!
Primary StudentsWatch Mojo learn about the fabulous things he can do when he has a growth mindset.
Primary Growth Mindset Video
IntermediateWatch a creative example of growth mindset come to life before your eyes.
Intermediate Growth Mindset Video
Parents and Older StudentsWatch this fascinating video about neuroplasticity and its impact on how we develop growth mindset skills
Secondary Growth Mindset Video
Practice using your growth mindset with these STEM challenges
STEM Activities and Growth Mindset
Make your own Growth Mindset posters!
Use a phrase or idea from the video, and make yourself a poster to remind you to keep going when things get tricky! Or, print and color one of these pages! You can have a Growth Mindset too! Send us a picture of your poster, we'd love to see what you create!
Your mindset can make all the difference! Complete this worksheet all about your mindset!
Week 3 Theme
Welcome back! We hope you enjoyed your Spring Break. now that we are starting this new phase of online learning, you maybe be finding that managing a learning schedule and keeping on track with virtual learning can be challenging. Have no fear! There are study skills to help. Teachers often use these strategies in the classroom, so it may help your student to see some familiar tools at home! Click on the links below to learn more about...
1 - Creating a Daily Schedule
2 - Using a Timer
3 - Using a Checklist
Week 2 Theme:
Things are changing every day. Some of it is in our control and much of it is not. Each family situation is different and we are all doing the very best we can. One thing that is very important right now, is to provide students with as much consistency as possible. This week's activities acknowledge the fact that while we can not control everything, there is a lot that we CAN control, so that is where we will focus our energy, as well as a structure for starting off each day with a positive family interaction!
Morning Meetings at home! Your students are very familiar with Morning Meetings in the classroom and it is how many of them start the day. You can try something similar at home to set a positive tone for the day!
Click the links below to get started...
How to Have a Morning Meeting at Home
Ideas for Morning Meetings
There are several ways your Morning Meeting could look! Here's one example!
Circle of Control
Some things are in our control and some things are not. When we can focus on what we can control, and let the other stuff go, we will be happier and feel calmer. Here is a graphic that you can share as a family, as well as a fun BINGO game!
Week 1 Theme:
With all that is going on in the world right now, it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Practicing Mindfulness can help to provide some calm in the storm. Click on the links below for some activities for you to try...
Mind YetiMind Yeti is a library of research-based guided mindfulness sessions that help kids and their adults calm their minds, focus their attention and connect to the world around them. Created by nonprofit Committee for Children who also created Second Step, our district adopted Social Emotional Learning curriculum.
CalmThe Calm app is a resource that many teachers use in their classrooms to promote emotional wellness and self care. It may be reassuring for students who are familiar with these activities to be able to practice them at home. If they are not familiar with Calm, that's okay too! There are simple activities which can help everyone in your family find their inner calm.
Make a Mindfulness Glitter JarThe glitter in the jar represents the thoughts, stress and general clutter that swirl around in our heads. Focus on the swirling glitter and as you watch it settle, your thoughts settle as well.