Here are some helpful visuals and social stories regarding Zoom expectations, Coronavirus, and wearing a mask:
Week of 4/6/20
Hi everyone! I hope you are staying healthy! I have started using the Seesaw platform. Students who receive social work should have gotten an email from me with their individual login for my Seesaw classroom. This login is different than your child's login from their classroom teacher. If you have any questions about how to access it, please let me know. Most activities will be posted to that platform. I will continue posting some social emotional activities you can do as a family to this website as well. Don't forget to check out previous weeks ideas!
- Check out this Activity choice calendar. It provides lots of options for kindness activities each day.
- I also like this Social Emotional Activity Choice Board. See if you and your family can get Bingo a couple days each week!
Week of 3/30/20
Welcome back to e-Learning. I hope everyone enjoyed their time off for spring break. This week, feel free to go to the previous week's list and pick a new activitiy that you haven't already done. Or here are some new ideas.
- For our Pre-K and K students, watch this Daniel Tiger video on using your words and saying how you feel. Have students practice identifying feelings and given different scenarios. There are some learning support materials that you can also review with your child.
- For my 1st and 2nd grade students who were working on Smart Guess - watch this Sesame Street video and see if you can make a smart guess as to what Ernie is doing. Remember to make a smart guess you need to - Look, Listen, Think, Guess.
- To practice conversational skills, grab an item like checkers or blocks. The first person picks a topic to talk about and place down a block. The next person continues the conversation by either making an on-topic comment or asks a question, and then stacks the next item on top of the first. See how tall you can make your tower while keeping the conversation on topic. This game can also be played outside while throwing a ball to the person who should speak next - works on communication skills and gets your body moving!
Don't forget to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. I am available over email and happy to help.
Week of 3/16/20
I wanted to share some ideas that you can do with your children over the next week to continue to work on social skills and emotional regulation. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me.
- Play board games and card games. Make sure everyone agrees on the rules before you start playing. Choose a fair way to decide who goes first. Remind students to be a gracious winner or loser. It was fun to play no matter how the game ended.
- Engage in creative play by giving child tasks to build with toys (build a castle out of legos, or a rocket ship with blocks).
- Another idea for creative play is to take a household item and think of other ways you can use it, aside from its intended purpose. Such as I can pretend a banana is a telephone, or I can pretend a microphone is a baseball bat.
- Play games that help with emotional regulation:
- Freeze Dance (Dance to the music and freeze when music stops. See if students can think of a quiet way to help them wait (count in their head, say the ABCs).
- Red Light/Green Light - children race towards you from far away when you say green light and have to freeze when you say red light.
- Keep it up - keep a balloon in the air by tapping it with your hand. See how long you can go before it hits the ground.
- Play Emotion Play-Doh - use play doh to make faces showing various emotions (happy, sad, scared, etc.). Take turns guessing the emotion created.
- GoNoodle is a website that has lots of movement activities. But they also have relaxation and calming strategies. Parents are able to access the website for free. Go to https://family.gonoodle.com/ Once you are on the site, enter the word "calm" in the search bar to bring up a number of calming and relaxation videos.
- For those students working on feelings and emotions, attached is a copy of the Zones of Regulation Poster. Remind your students to check in with their bodies and figure out what zone they are in. They can then use tools (breaks, breathing, fidget toys, music, etc) to bring them back to the green zone. Check out this Calm Down Strategy poster.
- Watch this reading of "Have you Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud. Each night at dinner, identify what each person in the family did to fill someone else's bucket that day.
If you are wondering how to talk to your child about Coronavirus, of if your child has concerns, here is some information that may help.
- The CDC has provided a list of talking points to discuss the Coronavirus with children. Please see this link for more info. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/talking-with-children.html
- These videos have tips provided by specialists about talking to children about Coronavirus. https://gozen.com/coronavirus-anxiety/
- Take a look at this handout for children put together by a school counselor, talking about Coronavirus and how to stay calm.