Connect with Counselor Collins
Second Quarter Happenings: January 2020
Happy New Year Line Creek Families!
We used the Emotional ABCs curriculum in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Emotional ABCs is a curriculum that teaches students what a feeling is; why they are having that feeling; body sensations; and how to make better choices.
Students learned that a feeling is how we respond to something that happens to us. When students are able to recognize their body sensations when experiencing a big feeling, it enables them to make a safe choice to regulate their emotions.
Kindergartners and 1st graders learned three steps to regulate their emotions:
- Pause & Breathe (What am I feeling? What are my body sensations?)
- Rewind (How did I get this feeling?)
- Play (Make a good choice to manage this feeling.)
- Focusing your attention on what is happening in the present
- Taking your time
- Thinking before reacting
To practice mindfulness at home with your sense of sound, have your child:
- Get in a comfortable position
- Close their eyes or look down at the floor (whichever is comfortable for them)
- Listen for sounds that are around them for 10 seconds
- When 10 seconds are over, have your child open their eyes, and allow them to tell you what they heard. You can join them in this activity too. It will be fun to compare the different sounds you and your child heard.
Using Second Step Tools to Calm Down
- Stop-use your signal: a word or words students can say to themselves to signal their brains that they are experiencing a strong emotion (i.e. "Stop," "Chill," "Freeze.").
- Name your feeling: "Name it to Tame it"-labeling feelings can allow students the chance to take a step back and understand why they are experiencing that feeling and manage the feeling effectively.
- Calm Down: strategies to help students regulate their emotions and prevent them from flipping their lid. Example strategies are: deep breathing, positive self-talk, getting a drink of water, coloring, drawing, counting, writing in a journal
Staying Upstairs to Avoid Flipping Our Lid
Students in grades 2nd-5th grade learned the phrase, “flip your lid.” We discussed the thinking or “upstairs” (pre-frontal cortex) and the feelings or “down stairs” (amygdala) part of our brain. When emotions are regulated, our upstairs brain is control. However, there are times when people perceive a situation to be overwhelming, or too much to handle, and that is when their lids are flipped and the feelings part of their brain (amygdala) takes control.
Flipped lids prevent students from thinking logically. Students may respond in the following ways once their lid is flipped: fight (throw objects, kicking, hitting, etc.); flight (run away or attempt to escape the situation); and freeze (shut down, does not respond, disconnected). To keep from flipping our lids, it is important to listen to our bodies, know our triggers, and implement a calming strategy when we notice we are experiencing a strong emotion. Here is a video that explains what happens in our brain when our lid is flipped, Why Do We Lose Control of Our Emotions?
All 5th graders created a power plan. A power plan is an individualized plan that provides students with calming strategies.
There are three parts in the power plan:
- Preventative: activities done to get your day started on a positive note.
- In the moment: strategies used during an overwhelming situation.
- After care: self care activities done to relax after a long day, or overwhelming situation.
Monthly Counselor Lesson Topics
- Problem Solving (January)
- Substance/Safety Education (February)
- Career (March)
- Acknowledge Care Tell ONLY 5th Grade (April)
- MAP testing-ONLY 3rd-5th Grade (May)