- Here is Todd Parr:
- Reading the “Don’t Worry Book” to help us understand that feeling. He’s got some great ideas for drawing and writing at the end too!
- Sharing the “Things that Make You Feel Good” book idea:
Here is a link for you to make your own “Things That Make You Feel Good” book!
2. From Sesame Street: Helping Children Manage Emotions
“You and your child can watch Abby Cadabby share the “calming down” strategies that work for her — from a great big self-hug to a deep, calming breath.
Another useful tool families can use at home is a sparkly glitter jar.
What Exactly is a Glitter Jar?
Just what it sounds like: a simple, sealed jar filled with water and brightly colored glitter. When you shake it, the glitter whirling around the inside of the jar represents how your child is feeling inside. Have her watch the glitter swirl and take deep belly breaths while the glitter slowly drifts to the bottom. When it finally settles, the two of you will be able to see through the clear water, symbolizing that your child has achieved a calmer state and giving you the opportunity to talk about the big feeling she was experiencing. When you do talk, embrace “feelings words” like angry, scared, frustrated, disappointed, and worried. Having a word to label the way they are feeling is an important first step for children in managing a big emotion.
Make Your Own
Glitter jars are easy to make and can be great fun for the whole family. Start with a plastic bottle or jar with a lid for each family member, and the possibilities to personalize them are endless!”
This activity is from Ready for School! A Parent’s Guide to Playful Learning for Children Ages 2 to 5.
3. For Educators: Essential Digital Citizenship Lessons (SEL focus)
- Grade 3: The Power of Words – What should you do when someone uses mean or hurtful language on the internet? Focus on social and emotional learning as you help students learn how to process their feelings when they see or read something online.
- Grade 6: Digital Drama Unplugged – How can you de-escalate digital drama so it doesn’t go too far? Students can learn how digital drama develops and how to de-escalate contentious situations.
Source: Common Sense Media (free account required to access the complete lesson plans)