This week a book titled, What is a Thought? was read aloud to the children. This is a poetic and engaging book that introduces children to the flow of creative power and distraction within us all: our thoughts.
It is a wonderful read aloud with bright simple pictures and a CD for a teacher to use for simple guiding questions or lesson ideas.
This is a powerful book to use with kids on the Spectrum...or any child who needs a better understanding of how their emotions/thoughts impact their lives, actions and moods.
Thoughts and becoming aware of them can be an abstract concept for some children so I decided to make a Tornado thought/feeling jar after the read aloud and discussion. These jars have been called many things- calm down jars, mind jars but because they while around a student said they looked like tornados.
Thoughts have power
If we follow their lead
But how do we decide
Which thoughts to believe?
When are bodies feel calm,
Quet and cool,
When we believe those thoughts
We can trust them to rule.
We also did a quick thought sort and shared some our thoughts that were from the past ( a memory), the future or the present.) which we labelled as such. We also noticed that thoughts felt either good, bad or neutral sometimes.
We then made our personal tornado thought jars and breathed gently as we watched them slow down. I explained to them that as we slowly did our breathing our whirling thoughts and emotions slowed down and we became calmer. This allowed us to think and respond more thoughtfully and feel better.
combine Water, Glitter, glycerine .. tighten lid, shake , watch and breathe.
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I am passionate, a little bit quirky ( some may say a little bit more) and dedicated to serving children with Autism. These young people have touched me deeply and have made me a better teacher & hopefully person. I want to share what I have learned that allows these beautiful children to grow & sometimes thrive in my class.