Social Emotional Learning Tips | Week 5/18

     Published on 5/18/20   Tagged under:    District News   

Mindfulness Monday: Gratitude Scavenger Hunt  

The practice of gratitude sharpens our attention for the good and the positive in our lives, which helps us appreciate things that we tend to take for granted.  Today, take some time to look around for things that you are grateful for... go for a Gratitude Scavenger Hunt!  Can you find all of the things on the list?
  1. Something that makes you happy.
  2. Something to give someone else to make them smile
  3. Something that you love to smell
  4. Something that you enjoy looking at.
  5. Something that’s your favorite color.
  6. Something that you are thankful for in nature.
  7. Something you can use to make a gift for someone.
  8. Something that is useful to you.

Tune In Tuesday: Bullying 

Nobody has the right to make you feel hurt or unsafe.  However, bullying is a hard thing to stop.   After you watch the video, talk about the way that is suggested to stop bullying. 

Do you think what they suggest could work?  Talk about a time that you have been bullied or saw someone else bullied.  What can you do if you see someone being bullied?

Why Should I? Wednesday: Gossip

In this age of technology we are finding that our children are somewhat forced to deal gossip in different forms.  They may see a post or read into the post too much.  A picture maybe shared and taken out of context. People making fake accounts may start rumors.  Then we have the old fashion “he said she said” Today we meet Mary who finds herself in a very scary situation. 

Mary's Dilemma
After reading about Mary with your child/children ask the following questions:

  • What do you think Mary should do?
  • What would you do if you were in Mary’s situation?
  • If someone in your school was in Mary’s situation, how do you think it would play out? (would people gossip about her? Would it be all over social media?)
  • Do you think gossip plays a big role at your school?
  • Have you been in a situation like Mary’s?  Did you tell anyone?  How was the situation resolved?
  • Why do you think people gossip? Have you every gossiped about anyone? If you have, why do you think you did?

Thoughtful Thursday: What’s Wrong With Me? Absolutely Nothing.

Watch this TED talk by Gabi Ury, who became the world female planking champion at age 16. Gabi was born with special needs that affected her spine, legs and feet, and a number of internal organs. Despite facing challenges she was able to achieve success. Her message is about not underestimating others, and not underestimating yourself. She also had the help of her friends and family that supported her. Listen to her talk and then consider what goals you might want for yourself. Think about what steps you need to take to reach those goals. Then reach out to a friend and ask what goals they have. What goals do you have in common? What goals do you have that differ? How can you help each other reach your goals? Staying connected with friends and letting them know what's important to you, while also listening to what's important to them helps you develop a deeper friendship! You will also have the opportunity to grow and learn with your friends!


Family Fun Friday: Musical Chairs

Gather one less chair than the amount of people playing the game. “Chairs” can be pillows, paper, or anything that designates a place to sit.
Play music on your radio, television, or phone then suddenly stop the music. At that time everyone playing has to quickly find a spot. The person left standing is out. Remove one spot and start the music again.

You keep going round, after round, after round...  until the last person sits on the last spot!


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