Hello from afar....
With uncertainties in the days to come, hoping to offer some assistance
- Create some structure even if it is flexible. You are the expert of your child(ren)- you know how much structure they need. Maintaining bedtimes and consider blocking off a certain time of day or amount of time for different subjects with brain breaks.
- Balance Technology/Schoolwork and Movement. Your child(ren) will be in front of a screen for the vast majority of their day for schoolwork and maybe even games and such. With the variance of weather, if your kid has to inside encourage brain break times of movement. Youtube is a great resource for silly movement - check out GoNoodle, CosmicYoga and for a little older children may be a yoga site like Tara Stiles.
- READ - if nothing else have your child(ren) read! Facetime/Skype a friend or a grandparent to read a story to. Call a cousin and read to them or read to a stuffed animal audience.
- Designate a space for schoolwork. This can help create a distinction between school time and playtime. No different then adults going to work and then home for downtime.
- Brain Breaks. Along with movement, students may just need a "brain break" where they are able to focus on other things or relax or destress. Many elementary students were taught "settle activities" Ask your child about the following: Tap, tap; push, pull, dangle; wave breathing and pencil breathing to name a few. Other resources include Headspace and Minds In Bloom Blog has a list of quick games to play. Here is a Bingo Challenge that could create an opportunity to acquire new skills and provide a little break for a few days.
- Be Kind to Yourself. This is new for everyone...and I know Hanson teachers are dedicated to helping your child(ren) be successful during this changing time. Whether you are home with your child(ren) all day or only in the afternoon or evening, try to maintain structure by planning ahead. Lastly, give yourself a nice long hug - you deserve it!
All students matter - and all student feelings are ok (parent feelings too!)
- Corona Virus Student Guide
- Worry Warriors by Counselor Keri - 6 videos with more being added daily
- Student Self-Care Tips for Virtual Learning
- 15 Ways to help kids who are worried about the Corona Virus - illustration for younger kids
- Anxiety Tips - list of tips for all ages including parents
Other things I offered were classroom lessons focusing on character building, emotion regulation, conflict resolution, and career exploration. Here are a few resources that could also provide a brain break or assist in regulating student emotions.
- 18 Coping Skills - from The Helpful Counselor
- Sanford Harmony - social/emotional learning and self-regulation
- Social/Emotional Learning - a home packet of activities from a calming scavenger hunt, breathing exercises and positive self talk to name a few
- Mawi Learning - more social/emotional options, COVID-19 resources, mindfulness and stress management
- Reality Check - an online tool for upper elementary to high school in regards to the cost of life and living
- SD Career Cluster Exploration - poster series of the SD career opportunities through the 16 Career Clusters
- Career Peeks - activity packets for K-2
- Career Aware - activity booklets for grades 3-5
- Career Wonders - career exploration for grades 5-8
- SD My Life - career & college exploration for high school (all have a login)
- I will be in my office and available via the school phone number 8a-10a daily M-F unless it is a scheduled day off from school (Good Friday, Easter Monday, etc.). The number is below.
- Also available during this time to set up a Zoom/Google Hangout with students if they would like also during the above time or via appointment.
- I check my email frequently throughout the normal school day hours of 7:45a-3:45p. If your child(ren) need to set up a face to face or chat or just want to have some email correspondence, my email is below.
- After 10a until the close of the school day, I can be reached at 605-550-0455 via call, text or voicemail.
- I do plan to call and check in on students from time to time throughout this, if you are opposed to me calling your home to chat with your child(ren), please email me that request.
Another resource available to all South Dakota High School Students 24/7 is the Text for Hope Helpline Center: They can text icare to 89821 to begin the conversation. The Helpline Center is also a great resource for a multitude of other things.