• Your child is learning how to be a friend, a reader, a writer, a mathematician, a scientist, a historian, a learner (in both English and Spanish), a future first grader…

    Our days are filled with new challenges and adventures! We work hard, every day, to face these learning opportunities with our PAX Panther Respectful, Responsible, Safe, and Kind actions. Together, we can support all children in learning to manage themselves for success!

    Every day is a new and exciting day. Encourage and motivate your child to do their personal best. Some days might seem harder than others and it is important for children to learn to be resilient and persevere despite the challenges day to day life presents. It is also important for all children to know and remember we all make mistakes sometimes. Those mistakes give a person the chance to learn, grow, and change for the better.

    Here are some tools used at Paxson Elementary to support children socially, emotionally, and academically.

    Kelso's Choices

    Students 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.

    Kelso's Choices Website

    Zones of Regulation 

    Students need to share their emotions.  They are taught how to identify their emotions and how to respond appropriately through the 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 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.

    Zones of Regulation Website

     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!

     

    Looking for more resources?

     "Kids in the House is the largest parenting video library in the world. This educational website aims to help parents and caregivers become better at parenting by educating, inspiring, and entertaining. This resource contains over 9,000 videos from 500 leading parenting experts, including doctors, pediatricians, psychologists, educators, best-selling authors, celebrities, and parents themselves.

    Kids in the House gives parents and educators the chance to get answers to their tough questions and get first-hand tips on how to deal with particular challenges ranging from pregnancy to getting into college. The website is also customizable, allowing users to create playlists of their favorite videos and interact with other users and parents who may have dealt with similar issues. Kids in the House understands that there is a variety of parenting techniques and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to raising a family."

    (Kids In the House Website)

    We will have an intense start to the year with new experiences, rules, friends, and learning.  As the students settle into their new routine, these lessons will support continued growth as they become a friend, a reader, a writer, a mathematician, a scientist, a historian, a learner (in both English and Spanish), and a future first grader.