School Counselor Family Resources During COVID-19
Talking to Children About COVID-19 (Coronavirus): A Parent Resource
Gratitude Tracker: Gratitude increases happiness and reduces stress!
Taylor County Primary Center counselor, Kristin Jewell, created a Gratitude Tracker that will allow families to record their gratitude each day.
"Wemberly Worried:" Children often learn best through the telling of stories. A personal favorite of TCPC counselor, Kristin Jewell, is Wemberly Worried, by Kevin Henkes. She believes this book is a good fit for current anxieties that some of our families may be experiencing. Families are encouraged to watch "Storytime at Awnie's House: Wemberly Worried" on YouTube.
So there you are, all our amazing Cardinal students at home wondering what to do after all your online assignments are completed for the day. It’s time to think out of the box! Along with your parents or guardian, try choosing a few of these activities! Below are some great ideas to help get the whole family moving while having fun at the same time!
Our counselors are encouraging our families to slow down and breathe. Attached are four (4) guided relaxation/breathing scripts that are appropriate for children. Taking a few minutes out of each day to pause and breathe can help students feel centered and safe in their spaces.
Magic Carpet Ride
Students may not be aware of the physiological symptoms of anxiety. Helping them recognize what happens in their bodies when they experience stress or anxiety can be the first step toward recognizing the need for a coping skill.
Attached are various blank posters that families may print and use as an aid in conversations around stress and anxiety. The last page is a completed poster with various signs of anxiety and stress in the body (e.g., headaches and sweaty palms).
Meditation is often difficult for students to fully understand. However, one easy way to introduce the concept is through coloring. Have you ever found yourself lost in focus, coloring for an extended period of time, even hours? Coloring can be as meditative as guided relaxation or breathing exercises.
Attached are various coloring pages that families may print and color together.
For our families who may not have printer access, an alternate video is included below of a kaleidoscope set to calming music. Families may use this during a 5-minute break between activities or for a calming exercise before bedtime.
The Splendor of Color Kaleidoscope
To help us all have a more positive mindset during our #HealthyAtHome time, it helps to keep our minds and bodies active. We invite you to use some of these fun emotional health activities to keep your family #EmotionallyHealthyAtHome! Love, Mrs. Jewell, Mrs. Parks, and Mrs. Reynolds!
Attached is a visual aid of yoga stretches for our students to do at home! Mrs. Parks taught the TCIS 4th & 5th graders these stretches during mindfulness lessons earlier this school year.
These would be great for parents to use with children for inside exercise. And they're not bad for teachers teaching from home as well :)
While our students are staying safe at home, it is also likely that they are spending more time than ever exploring online platforms.
The attached handout is from National Online Safety. It covers online safety tips for children.
Journaling is the perfect coping strategy for natural problem solvers. Journaling allows children to organize their thoughts and clear the mind of stressors and worry. Attached is an excellent (and free!) journaling resource on Channel Mum.
This infographic focuses on helping children concentrate.
Many families may be struggling with this as their students aren't used to their new routine at home.
Are your students future entrepreneurs? This fun infographic is titled "5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to be Great Entrepreneurs" from entrepreneur.com. Building a knowledge base in entrepreneurship and business can help our students develop essential career skills, regardless of the career path they choose.
Our counselors teach their students that the words they choose have power. This is a perfect infographic for families to print and put on their fridges or hang in their student's bedroom. Titled, "Words Can Hurt or Heal", it gives examples of Dos and Don'ts for students to help guide them to healing word choices.
Taylor County Cooperative Extension Office has provided some easy recipes and ideas children and families can do together. Click here.
Teaching different parts of the brain and their functions to our students at an early age can increase their understanding of their own ability to control emotions and actions. Included is a read aloud of Your Elastic Fantastic Brain by JoAnn Deak and published by Little Pickle Press. An accompanying infographic and lesson plan are attached. Visit littlepicklepress.com for bonus resources and lesson plans.
2. Left vs. Right
This infographic is a fun way for families to not only discuss different functions of the left and right hemispheres of the brain, but to also discuss strengths, characteristics, and abilities of students.
Included is a brief video as a follow up to the parts of the brain.
3. Growth Mindset
The word mindset means an established set of attitudes. We can train our brain to change our attitude. Growth mindset is so important, especially when students face challenges. Please enjoy this infographic, overlapping the ABCs of growth mindset and positive self-talk.
4. Benefits of Play on the Brain
This infographic briefly covers a few of the benefits of play on the brain.
March and April are months when Taylor County Intermediate School counselor, Mrs. Christy Parks, typically teaches guidance lessons on self-esteem.
She'd like to share some informational reading for parents, along with two different activity sheets for students to complete with their family: Awesome & Like About Me.
She would also like to share a short YouTube video, "The Reflection in Me."
This infographic lists several coding apps geared toward elementary students ages 8 and under. Most of these are free in the Apple app store but some do have opportunities for in-app purchases.
It is okay to enjoy technology, as long as students also find opportunities to use it to learn.
Let's face it - being around the same people day after day can lead to big emotions - even anger. We want our families to know that they are not alone. Each of us is going a bit stir crazy, and anger is often difficult for a guardian to address with students. This handout, from Very Special Tales, is free to anyone who signs up for a newsletter subscription.
Anger Signs Handout
Below is a read aloud of Soda Pop Head by Julia Cook, read aloud by the author:
Let's have a little fun - attached is a set of scavenger hunts from amotherthing.com that families can use to engage in some play (and problem solving). These can be easily adjusted into a virtual scavenger hunt if needed.
Self-esteem issues are often thought to affect middle and high school students the most. However, when you ask those students when they began to view themselves negatively, they will point to elementary school years as the start. Let's use this one-on-one time to build our students up and have discussions around self-esteem.
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