Social Emotional Learning Tips | Week 5/25

     Published on 5/21/20   Tagged under:    District News   

Mindfulness Monday: HIIT For Self-Regulation 

Our lives are so busy, it can make it hard to make time to focus on one thing at a time.  But would you believe it if we told you in just 7 minutes a day, you could help your child in improving their emotional self-regulation skills?  Our minds, brains and bodies are all connected.  Physical exercises can help to regulate emotions in even the most difficult circumstances.  Try these exercises at home with your kids!
FROG JUMP: Hop up and down, like a frog!
BEAR WALK: with your hands and feet on the floor, hips high, walk left and right.
GORILLA SHUFFLE: in a low, sumo squat, use your hands to balance and shuffle around the room.
STARFISH JUMPS: jump up and down, spreading your arms and legs wide (jumping jacks)
CHEETAH RUN: run in place as fast as you can, just like the fastest animal in the Sahara.
CRAB WALK: sitting down, place your palms on the ground behind you, lift your hips,  and crawl on your hands and feet.
ELEPHANT STOMPS: march in place, stomping your feet as hard as you can.
For more ideas and information on physical activity and its effect on emotional regulation, click here.  

Tune In Tuesday: Embarrassment

Oh my goodness, feeling embarrassed is very uncomfortable!  Unfortunately, everyone experiences this emotion.  Talk with your family about times when they have felt embarrassed.  Then, watch the video about what happens in our brains when we are embarrassed, as well as step to take when you have this very uncomfortable emotion. 


And now, check in with your family: what were the three suggested steps to take when you feel embarrassed?  What do you think it will be like when you try them out?

Why Should I? Wednesday: Act of Kindness

During this pandemic it is very easy for us to become sad.  We might miss seeing our friends and extended family.  We might miss just going to stores and playing on the playground.  We all can use a little pick me up in this stressful time.  We encourage you to show acts of kindness with your family. 
As a family set a goal of how many acts of kindness you would like to complete for the day.  There is no number too small or too large.  At the end of the day.  Sit down as a family and discuss the act of kindness you completed.  You can discuss how it made you feel.  The person who the act was for can also share how they felt with your act of kindness.  This is something you can do with your family daily, weekly, monthly.  However it works best with your family.  Here are  acts some kindness ideas:

  • Complete a chore for a family member
  • Clean a part of the house without being asked
  • Offer to prepare a meal or assist to prepare a meal
  • Draw someone a picture
  • Give someone in your family an extra hug
  • Give someone a compliment
  • Bring the mail in the house
  • Take care of the family pet (if there is one)
  • Let a family member have the choice of the game to play or T.V. show you are going to watch
  • Help someone with their school work
The possibilities of acts of kindness are endless.  You can also perform acts of kindness within the community:
  • Send thank you cards to nurses, doctors, firefighters, police officers etc.
  • Send cards to nursing homes
  • Call someone you know to check in on them
  • If you must be out and about, just wave to someone passing by or say hello
We should be sure to always show acts of kindness even when we are past this difficult time.  Act of kindness help us to:
  • Feel happy ourselves
  • Helps with our self-esteem
  • Enhances our feelings of gratitude
  • Improves our health, decreases stress
  • Can reduce depression


Thoughtful Thursday: Bucket Fillers

Your child may have come home from school one day and said “my teacher taught me about filling my bucket!” And you may have thought to yourself “What could that possibly mean?”  A “Bucket Filler” is someone who is kind and caring.  They are a genuine person who wants to make other people feel good about themselves.  Together as a family, listen to the book “Have You Filled A Bucket Today?” read by author Carol McCloud, then discuss with your child different ways you can fill each other’s buckets, and your own!


Family Fun Friday: Potato Drop!

Create a start line, a marking point where people who are playing will start the game. On the opposite side create a finish line.
On the opposite side (the finish line) set up two bowls.
Give each player a potato.
Have the player’s line up at the start line, place the potatoes between their knees and have them put their hands behind their backs.
On the word Go, the players will race to the finish line and try to drop their potatoes into one of the bowls without using their hands.
If a player drops their potato or touches it with their hands, that player must return to the start line and begin again.
The first player to successfully drop their potato into a bowl is the winner.
Have fun!


Social Emotional Learning Survey

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