We start out the year learning about how to T.H.I.N.K. before we say it. We learn that words stick and can wrinkle a heart. A wrinkly is very hard to smooth out as the children discovered in these two activities.
In activity one I read cards with phrases that gave us a green thought ( positive feeling) or a red thought ( gave us a negative feeling) and with each 'red thought' we wrinkled our class heart. Once done I asked the children to try to smooth out the heart. They quickly learned wrinkles stay. So we read the pledge and signed our band aides promising to try being friendly and not wrinkle other's hearts.
The next time we met for Pirate Club we sorted situations into the think it pile ( pictured with the brain) or say it pile ( pictured with the mouth). The children did an excellent job demonstrating their understanding about how words can hurt and wrinkle hearts. They shared what wrinkled their hearts afterwards.
The Power of Mindfulness & SEL for (anxiety, attention, self regulation/ awareness & impulsive concerns)
Each child picked a strategy they could use at school and one they could use at home. We had quickly figured out not all calming strategies could be used at school.
The children picked many strategies: Self talk, a pet, breathing, quiet place, punching pillows, change the channel of thoughts , think of something good etc.
Once these were written on their individual card we went out side to shout out the strategy picked, run , jump and stomp on the blaster letting the rocket soar high above us!
Very exciting and hopefully memorable way to recall that useful strategy when they react with out thinking to a small problem with a BIG reaction.
To support and deepen understanding of the difference between reactions vs pause and responding we completed the ice cube lesson here.
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