We are off to a great start! First week back and we are taking it to the classroom –
I love it when a plan comes together! Mrs. Raiden and I started our week in a Kindergarten and a 1st grade classroom. There are so many wonderful resources available to us to assist our students in developing social-emotional regulation skills and I really like to combine them to make learning fun.
The Incredible Flexible You™ is an engaging Social Thinking® educational series perfect for our Kindergarten class. On the first day we learned about thinking thoughts and feeling feelings and how our thoughts can affect our feelings. I like to think of the beach. When I do think about the beach, I feel calm.
Mrs. Rairdan is helping everyone to create a “toolbox” of strategies for self-regulation. Our framework for building the toolbox is
It is amazing how well these resources work so well together. Mrs. Rairdan is also coaching us in learning new yoga sequences and these fit nicely in the toolbox of strategies.
This music CD is wonderful for getting our session started. We especially like the song, Body Check. Before an airplane pilot takes off he does an airplane check. Before we get to work we do a body check. Mouth quiet, ears listening, body calm, etc. Music is often the way to make strategies stick!
My Zones Workbook gives us a nice framework for talking about what others may be thinking, feeling, and saying about us when we are in the different zones. I printed out two copies of the workbook on card stock, laminated them, cut out the thought bubbles and speech bubbles and then added some velcro to make it interactive. There is something about that interaction with the materials that also help to make it stick (no pun intended).
I will keep you posted on how things go in the classrooms. Lunch buddies are still an important part of our service delivery so check back for updates.