Notes from Your Counselor

  • De-Stress, Keep Calm, and Make the Most of Your Time Together (updated Tuesday, May 19)
    (be sure to check back weekly for updated links and activities)

    See this summer's activity: My 2020 COVID-19 Time Capsule

    Activity for the week of 5/11 - 5/15: Social-Emotional Wellness Challenge 5/11 - 5/15

    Activity for the week of 4/27 - 5/1: Social-Emotional Learning Choice Board 4/27 - 5/1 

    Activity for the week of 4/20Social-Emotional Learning Choice Board 4/20 - 4/24

    Activities for the week of 4/13: Drawing as a Way to Manage Emotions and Feelings Chart

    Activities for the week of 4/6:  Taking Care of Your Mental Health and My Breathing Choices
    (Parents, this could be helpful for you, too!)

    At Salcha Elementary, all classes learned about the Zones of Regulation in the fall. Students learned to identify feelings and how to cope with feelings that take us out of our "green zone" - the zone in which we feel safe, happy, and ready to do what we need to do. Some of the feelings that many of us are experiencing now - fear, anxiety, doubt, and uncertainty - are taking us out of our green zones and causing us to feel nervous, have difficulty concentrating, and just generally stressed out.

    Here are some activities that your children practiced in school that can:

    1) help us to identify our feelings (which can help us to find the best way to get back in the green)

    2) help us to calm down when we're feeling anxious, unfocused, or scared or help us energize when we're feeling sad or tired; and

    3) help us to get back to feeling safe, happy, and ready to face our day!

    Identify those feelings.
    Do a feelings check-in. See this Feelings Wheel to find the words or take a look at this Feelings Chart.
    Play a game, using facial expressions and body language, to have your child guess your emotion
    For a motion-based activity to identify feelings and get the conversation started, try GoNoodle Mood Walk

    Try a coping skills tool.
    There are so many that we tried in classes! Your child probably had a favorite.

    • Many students liked GoNoodle dances and activities for a brain break or energizer. GoNoodle has a great new site for parents: GoNoodle: Good Energy at Home or you can search GoNoodle videos on YouTube (see this great GoNoodle playlist for both relaxing and energizing videos). Other activities that don't require devices are dancing to your favorite music, taking a nature walk or doing a scavenger hunt, walking your pets, stacking wood, walking down to check the mail, or even playing your child's favorite version of tag.

    • We practiced a lot of different breathing exercises. See this link: Breathing Exercises or this document: My Breathing Choices. When we're experiencing strong emotions that are upsetting us, breathing exercises activate different areas of our brains to help to ease us back into a calm body. Ask your child if they remember their favorite breathing exercise (many liked "hot cocoa" breathing: breathe in through your nose as if you're smelling wonderful hot cocoa, or chicken soup, or whatever hot beverage you like; then breathe out through pursed lips as if you're blowing on it to cool it off).

    • Do an activity such as a puzzle or coloring page. Try these Positive Message Coloring Pages

    • Use "positive self-talk." Students learned to use phrases such as "I am not alone," "I believe in myself," "I matter no matter what," "I am safe," "I choose courage," and "I am important."

    • Give or ask for a hug (immediate family members).

    • Practice gratitude. When we focus on what we're thankful for, we push out the thoughts of what we're worried about. Try doing this Gratitude Scavenger Hunt or this free Gratitude Journal from the Mayo Clinic. It is a simple way to focus on gratitude, kindness, and being present in the moment.
Last Modified on August 24, 2020