Working Together for School Success - Winter 2021

What is Resilience?

Resilience is the ability to bounce back from challenges, roadblocks, frustrations, and failures. Resilience can be developed at home and at school as students learn to face hard situations and struggles with confidence and courage. Some ways kids learn resiliency is by working towards goals, having a sense of safety/security, learning assertive communication skills, leaning on supportive relationships, having a sense of humor, and developing problem-solving skills, to name a few. Check out the following videos and resources to help your child build this important skill and reach new levels of success!

Becoming resilient for kids

Eight Ideas for Building Resiliency at Home

Developing A Growth Mindset
After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

This is a great read-aloud story about resiliency and getting back up after a fall, failure, or mistake. Read it with your kids to remind them of the importance of trying and trying again!

The Importance of Childhood Friendships

Appropriate social behavior isn’t inborn, and learning how to be a good friend is not an overnight process. Some children may find it easy to connect with their peers, others may not. Strong friendships are said to play an important role in social and emotional development, such as fostering self-esteem, learning to resolve conflicts, and building social competence. Thankfully, teachers, parents and caregivers can model appropriate behavior necessary for making and keeping friends. Explore the following links to learn more!

Making and Keeping Friends

This article outlines the importance of making friends, learning the social skills necessary for friendship, finding friendship opportunities, and addresses the challenges of forging and building friendships during a pandemic.

What about the Child Who Has a Hard Time Making Friends?

Picture Books and Read Alouds to Foster Friendships

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel: Spring & The Story
Chester's Way
Crazy Hair Day

SEL Corner: Self Management

Self Management is a social-emotional competency defined as the ability to successfully regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations (casel.org). Self Management skills include impulse control, stress management, self-discipline, goal setting, self-motivation, and organizational skills.
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Tips for Helping your Child De-Escalate

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Self Care Strategies for Caregivers

What is Self-Care?

What is self-care and why is it important? There is a common misconception that self-care is selfish; this is not the case! Simply put, self-care is any activity that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. Although often overlooked, self-care practices are critical to an improved sense of personal well-being, and a key to good relationships with friends, colleagues, children and loved ones. Explore the following links and videos about how taking care of yourself can equip you to be a better caregiver to your children.

Self Care: What It Really Is | Susannah Winters | TEDxHiltonHeadWomen
Self-Care Inventory

Take this assessment help you discover which elements of self-care you’re lacking and pinpoint how to improve.

Self-Care Ideas for Caregivers, Families, and Kids

Bethany Lyle

ORES School Counselor

Christine Christmas

ORES School Psychologist