MS Counseling Department Weekly

Activities and Tips to Promote Social and Emotional Wellness

Parents and Students! The LISD middle school counseling department will be sending a weekly newsletter to help support and promote social and emotional wellness. Each day of the week has a theme with an activity and resource that will vary weekly. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your campus counselor. We are here to help support you during this time.


~Your MS Counselors

Departamento de Consejería de las Escuelas Intermedias. Actividades Semanales y consejos para promover el bienestar social y emocional.

Padres y estudiantes! Durante estos tiempos difíciles, el departamento de consejería de las escuelas intermedias de LISD enviará un boletín semanal para ayudar a apoyar y promover el bienestar social y emocional. Cada día de la semana tiene un tema con una actividad y un recurso que variará semanalmente. Si tiene alguna pregunta o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse con la consejera de su escuela. Estamos aquí para ayudarle durante este tiempo.

Dosis diarias de alimento para el alma. Que cada día se llene de buenos pensamientos, personas amables y momentos felices.

Mindful Monday. Lunes de Completa Atención

Mindfulness is a relaxation technique that helps us focus on breathing, thoughts and the present moments. It is a helpful tool to practice staying in control, reduce stress and anxiety, and practice staying focused.

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Activity #2: Mindfulness Walk. Actividad #2 Caminada con Completa Atención

On your next walk outdoors, take pictures of unique and interesting things that you see along the way. Post a few favorites and ask your friends to let you know which picture is their favorite or the most interesting to them.


En su próxima caminada al aire libre, tome fotos de cosas únicas e interesante que vea por el camino. Publique algunas de esas fotos y pídale a sus amigos que le dejen saber cual foto es la favorita y mas interesante para ellos.

Activity #3: Mindful Eating. Actividad #3 Comer con Completa Atención

Mindfulness doesn’t have to be a quiet, meditative activity. You can even be mindful while you are eating your lunch! Just pay attention and notice each bite you take. Does it have a smell? What is the texture? Does it make a sound when you take a bite? Is it savory, sweet, or salty?


La attention completa no tiene que ser una actividad silenciosa y meditativa. Incluso puedes estar atento mientras comes tu almuerzo. Solo presta atención y deleítate con cada bocado que comas. Tiene olor? cuál es su textura? hace ruido cuando lo masticas? es dulce o salado?

Talk About It Tuesday. Martes Para Hablarlo

Self-Care / Reducing Stress: Stress is a normal part of our lives that can motivate us to meet goals and accomplish projects. Without strong self-care, stress can also lead to physical and emotional struggles.

Activity: Create your own Self-Care Circle. Put it somewhere you will see it each day to remind yourself to take a break and fill your cup. Actividad: Crea tus propias ideas de auto cuidado y póngalas en un lugar donde las vea todos los días para que te recuerden tumor un descanso.

Ideas for Self-Care Circle:

  • Take a warm bath or a hot shower.

  • Listen to music

  • Take a nap.

  • Exercise
  • Medite
  • Limit technology use and connect with loved ones

  • Use positive self-talk

  • Establish priorities and set healthy boundaries

  • Go outside, breathe in fresh air, and soak up some vitamin D


Ideas para el autocuidado:

  • Tome un baño tibio o una ducha caliente
  • Escuche musica
  • Tome una siesta
  • Haga ejercicio
  • Medite
  • Limite el uso de tecnología, conéctase con sus seres queridos
  • Use un diálogo positivo con usted mismo
  • Establezca prioridades y limites saludables
  • Salga, respire aire fresco y reciba un poco de vitamina D
Wellness Wednesday. Miércoles de Bienestar

Wellness includes both our physical and emotional/mental health, which is important at any stage in our life. Try out a few of the suggestions below:

4 Things You Can Do For Your Mental Health. 4 Cosas que Puedes Hacer Por Tu Salud Mental

Practice a breathing technique: Calm Down Cupcake
  • Pretend to hold a birthday cupcake

  • Breathe in through your nose to “smell the cupcake.” Slowly count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  • Breathe out through your mouth to “blow out the birthday candle.” Slowly count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

  • Repeat until you feel calm


Go for a walk and count the number of red things you see. If walking with your family, choose a color before beginning your walk.


Close your eyes and practice sitting still for one minute. What sounds did you hear?


Play Emotion Charades- Can your family guess the feeling?

Examples: hitting a home run, learning to drive, taking out stinky garbage, riding a rollercoaster, your phone is missing, playing with your pet, going to the dentist, joy, surprise, boredom


Practica una técnica de respiración: Pastelito para Calmarse

  • Pretenda sostener un pastelito de cumpleaños
  • Inhale por la nariz para "oler el dulce". Cuente lentamente 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Exhale por la boca para "apagar la vela de cumpleaños".
  • Cuente lentamente 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
  • Repite hasta que te sientas tranquilo

Salga a caminar y cuente la cantidad de cosas rojas que ve. Si camina con su familia, elija un color antes de comenzar su caminata


Cierra los ojos y practica sentarte quieto por un minuto. ¿Qué sonidos escuchaste?


Juega Personalidades de las emociones: ¿Puede tu familia adivinar el sentimiento?

Ejemplos: aprender a conducir, hablar de cosas no muy buenas, andar en una montaña rusa, falta su teléfono, jugar con tu mascota, ir al dentista, alegría, sorpresa, aburrimiento

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Family Conversation Starters. Iniciadores de Conversación Familiar

Talk to your child about what you are thankful for and how you show your gratitude. Ask your child what he or she is thankful for. Together, come up with ideas for how your child can show someone gratitude at home or in your family’s social circle.


Ask your child what it feels like to experience a strong emotion. Talk about how it’s still possible to make good decisions even when feeling angry or upset.


Hable con su hijo sobre lo que está agradecido y cómo usted muestra su gratitud. Pregúntele a su hijo por qué está agradecido. Juntos, elaboren ideas sobre cómo su hijo puede mostrar gratitud a alguien en el hogar o en el círculo social de su familia.


Pregúntele a su hijo cómo se siente experimentar una emoción fuerte. Hable sobre cómo todavía es posible tomar buenas decisiones incluso cuando se siente enojado o molesto.
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Think Through It Thursday

Take the Peace Pledge! Uplift our world through love and action.

Peace Pledge-Uplifting our World Through Love and Action Compromiso de paz: Elevar nuestro mundo a través del Amor y la Acción

“I pledge to use my words to speak in a kind way. I pledge to help others as I go throughout my day. I pledge to care for our earth with my healing heart and hands. I pledge to respect people in each and every land. I pledge to joining together as we unite the big and small. I pledge to do my part to create peace for one and all!”


“Prometo usar mis palabras para hablar de una manera amable. Prometo ayudar a los demás a lo largo del día. Prometo cuidar nuestra tierra con mi corazón y manos. Prometo respetar a las personas en todos y cada uno de los países. Prometo unirnos mientras unimos lo grande y lo pequeño. ¡Prometo hacer mi parte para crear la paz para todos y cada uno!"

Activities: Actividades:

1. Surprise a friend or loved one you can't visit with a letter.

2. Sign up a "Grandfriend" to receive letters. https://kidsforpeaceglobal.org/lovingletters/

3. Write to a senior citizen in a retirement or recovery home who cannot receive visitors because of the Covid-19 virus. https://lovefortheelderly.org/letters


*make sure to get caregiver's permission before contacting others*


1. Sorprenda a una amiga o ser querido que no pueda visitar con una carta

2. Registre un "Grandfriend" para recibir cartas https://kidsforpeaceglobal.org/lovingletters/
3. Escriba a una persona mayor en un hogar de retiro o recuperación que no puede recibir visitas debido al virus Covid-19 https://lovefortheelderly.org/letters


* Asegurase quotes padres.tutores te den permiso contactar a otros*

Family and Friends Fun Friday. Viernes Divertido

Here are some fun card games you can play with the whole family!

Tips For a Successful Game Night. Ideas Para Una Noche de Juegos Exitosa

  • Turn off Technology - take a break from technology and enjoy the moment
  • Have Snacks - grab some popcorn and your favorite treats!
  • Be Patient - learning a new game can be challenging
  • Play on teams and make it competitive


  • Apague la tecnología: tome un descanso de la tecnología y disfrute el momento
  • Coma bocadillos, palomitas de maíz o su mecato favorito
  • Sea paciente: aprender un nuevo juego puede ser un desafío
  • Juega en equipos y haz que sea competitivo

Family Card Games.

SLAPJACK


Players:4-10

Ages: Everyone!

Why we play at home: The simple concept and race-to-slap interaction make it fun for kids and adults both, and the constant interaction means kids won’t get bored while they wait for their turn.

Objective: Collect all the cards.

Rules:

  • Have everyone sit in a circle around a table or on the floor. Deal clockwise until you run out of cards. Everyone holds their cards facedown without looking at them.

  • Going around the circle, each player draws a card from the top of their deck (face-out, so that the player cannot see the card before it is played) and places that card in the center of the circle. Each player continues to place their cards in the center this way.

  • When a Jack court card is turned face up, the goal is to be the first person to “slap” it, or cover it with your hand. If several people slap at once, the person whose hand is most in contact with the Jack adds all the cards to his or her pile.

  • If a player incorrectly slaps a card, he or she must give the top card in his or her pile to the player who placed the slapped card. That player adds the extra card to the bottom of his or her deck.

  • When a player runs out of cards, the player is out—unless he or she can slap a Jack laid by someone else. At that point, the previously “out” player is back in and can play with the cards collected from the pile.

  • Play continues until one person wins all of the cards. For a shorter version, stop play when the first person runs out of cards. Whoever has the most cards in his or her hand is the winner.


CRAZY EIGHTS


Players: 2-8

Ages: Everyone!

Why we play at home: This is another game that gets the whole family involved and keeps everyone on their toes.

Objective: Be the first player to get rid of all your cards.

Rules:

  • Deal 5 cards one at a time, face down, starting with the player to the dealer’s left. Place the rest of the cards face down in the center of the table, then turn the first card up and place it beside the facedown pile. If an eight is turned, it is buried in the middle of the pack and the next card is turned. The face-up cards create a “starter” pile.

  • Starting to the dealer’s left, each player places one card face up on the starter pile. Each card played (other than an eight) must match the card showing at the top of the starter pile in suit or denomination. So if the king of Clubs is the starter, the card played must either be another king, or be any card from the clubs suit. If unable to play a card, the player draws cards from the top of the facedown cards until a play is possible.

  • If the facedown pile runs out, the player must pass his or her turn to the next player. At that point, save the card at the top of the starter pile, then shuffle the cards underneath, turn them face down, and make them the new stock pile.

  • All eights are wild. An eight may be played at any time in turn, and the player should only specify a suit for it, not a number.



The first player without cards wins the game!

*If you don’t have cards or a favorite family game, try playing charades!

Charades Rules:

Create a good list of words (see link below).

Divide into teams to make it more competitive, or just take turns. One person picks a word or phrase (from those you just wrote down) to act out and the other players guess what they are acting. As you can't speak, there are actions to mime that will give some clues. If the word or phrase is a book, put your hands together and unfold them like opening a book. To indicate a person, stand up with your hands on your hips. For a song, pretend to sing. For a movie, turn you hand in front of your face like operating an old-fashioned camera. For a TV show, draw a rectangle with your fingers. If it's a phrase hold up fingers to show the number of words. Put your finger and thumb close together to indicate a small word like "a" or "the;" move them far apart for a very long word. Touch you ear to indicate the word sounds like another, easier-to-act-out word.


LISD MS Counseling Department

During school closure, your middle school counselors are here to help support you and your families! Please do not hesitate to reach out to your campus counselor with any questions or concerns


Mientras la escuela está cerrada, haremos nuestro mejor esfuerzo para mantenerlo actualizado y ocupado. ¡Buena suerte padres, y gracias por todo lo que están haciendo! Comuníquese con las consejeras de su escuela si necesita algo o si tiene alguna pregunta.