Ms. Chandler's Counseling Corner

December 2020

Hello Families,

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe winter break! Before you go, I want to share some resources for the month of December.

In a month, I will begin implementing a curriculum within classrooms called the ToolBox Curriculum. Focusing primarily on social and emotional learning, these tools will allow your child(ren) to manage their emotional, academic, and social success. The 12 tools we will use at school is a breathing tool, a quiet/safe place tool, listening tool, an empathy tool, a personal space tool, using our words tool, a garbage can tool, taking time tool, a please & thank you tool, an apology and forgiveness tool, a patience tool, and a courage tool. A toolbox has two parts, the box itself and the tools inside it. The tools represent the qualities inside of us and give us an understanding on how to navigate life's challenges successfully. The tools can also be used at home.

COVID has added some elevated anxiety, & no doubt thrown a wrench in some holiday plans. Within this newsletter I have added some resources to use at home.


Ms. Chandler

What Is Social & Emotional Learning? (SEL)

The process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set goals, show empathy for others, maintain positive relationships, and make responsible choices.
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Top Struggles for Children During the Holidays

  1. Overstimulation
  2. Too Much Closeness
  3. Change in Routine
  4. Additional Anxiety

Behavior Challenges During the Holidays

What Can You Do At Home?

  • Set a calm example: Follow self care routines, and allow your child to see you relaxed
  • Get your child moving: kids need to play!
  • Remind your child what the holidays are really about: family, your own religious beliefs, togetherness, giving to the less fortunate, etc.
  • Engage in family time

Sara Chandler

I hope you all have a great winter vacation and I cannot wait to see you all when you all return. If you need to contact me with any questions or concerns or need or want any additional resources; please send me an email and I will respond as I am available. I will not be on campus starting December 21st to January 3rd, 2020.