Your child is learning how to be a friend, a reader, a writer, a mathematician, a scientist, a learner, a first grader….
Our days are filled with new challenges and adventures! We work hard, every day, to face these learning opportunities with Respectful, Responsible, and Safe actions. We can teach students to manage themselves for success!
Students need to be ready to learn and allow others to learn too. They are guided with lessons, from Social Thinking curriculum, about having Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings, following the Group Plan, Thinking with Your Eyes, having your Body in the Group, and Whole Body Listening. These lessons teach them how to be ready to learn. (Social Thinking Website)
Kelso's ChoicesStudents need to know when to solve Small problems and when to get an adult for the Big problems. They are taught conflict resolution through Kelso’s Choices curriculum. Student will learn ways they can solve a small problem by choosing from several options: Go to another game, Talk it out, Share and take turns, Ignore it, Walk away, Tell them to stop, Apologize, Make a deal, Wait and cool off.
Zones of RegulationStudents need to share their emotions. They are taught how to identify their emotions and how to respond to them appropriately through Zones of Regulation curriculum.
The Red Zone is used to describe extremely heightened states of alertness and intense emotions. A person may be elated or experiencing anger, rage, explosive behavior, devastation, or terror when in the Red Zone.
The Yellow Zone is also used to describe a heightened state of alertness and elevated emotions; however, one has some control when they are in the Yellow Zone. A person may be experiencing stress, frustration, anxiety, excitement, silliness, the wiggles, or nervousness when in the Yellow Zone.
The Green Zone is used to describe a calm state of alertness. A person may be described as happy, focused, content, or ready to learn when in the Green Zone. This is the zone where optimal learning occurs.
The Blue Zone is used to describe low states of alertness and down feelings, such as when one feels sad, tired, sick, or bored.
All these supports allow a child the resources for managing their learning, their friendships, and their success! Every one of these lessons are useful at school as well as home. Visit the links I have provided, ask your child about these ideas, or talk to me about more resources. I appreciate your support from home and hope you see these lessons empower your child for managing everyday challenges in learning and relationships!
Keep watching for that stamp on your child’s hand at the end of the day!
Any stamp indicates a Respectful, Responsible, and Safe day. They work hard for these stamps and look forward to showing you too! Praise them for this accomplishment and encourage their continued success!
If you don’t see a stamp, please ask them to share why. Being honest about it is a great lesson and talking with you is positive support for a successful day the next time. Missing a stamp will happen every now-and-then. Students need reminders and it will happen. If you see many days without a stamp, feel free to check in with me—if I haven’t already contacted you. With an adult checking-in with them, at the end of the day, your child will feel the wrap-around support from school and home!
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We have had an intense start to the year with new rules, friends, and learning. As we settle into this new routine, these lessons will support continued growth as we become a friend, a reader, a writer, a mathematician, a scientist, a learner, a first grader….