Wellness Wednesday

Your Counselor - Ms. Mutter, & PBSES Coach - Ms. Kusunose

From Ms. Kusunose

The theme this week is around Flexible Thinking. We are experiencing changes in our lives, in our daily routines, and practicing flexible thinking skills will help with coping with the changes. Please reach out if you want more ideas!

WHAT is flexible thinking?

Flexible thinking skills are important social skills for kids to learn. It is the ability to be able to think about problem solving, thinking about something in different ways, and coping skills to help deal with change.

WHY are flexible thinking strategies important to practice?

Six Ways Kids Use Flexible Thinking to Learn

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· Flexible Thinking and Real Life Learning

· Flexible Thinking and Reading

· Flexible Thinking and Writing

· Flexible Thinking and Language Learning

· Flexible Thinking and Math

· Flexible Thinking and Studying

HOW can students practice flexibility strategies at home?

Ideas for Home!

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Play word games - Read Amelia Bedelia books - Tell jokes and puns - Make up new rules for old games - Do an everyday thing in a different way - Practice self-talk

Watch and discuss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfDe5mYWlkY

Newcastle Bedtime Quilt

Take a look at the Newcastle Bedtime Quilt! You can hear stories read by different staff members at Newcastle!


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From Ms. Mutter

With the recent sad news about school closures, I am trying very hard to practice flexible thinking and acceptance, and to cope with all of the change and missing the people in our beloved community. Our flexible thinking is truly being put to the test. For this week's theme, I wanted to share some different activities that involve practicing and increasing our emotional and physical flexibility:

Resource: Here is a great article on flexibility as it relates to anxiety, and how we can help our kiddos in this area.

Movement: Seattle Kids Yoga is offering free live online yoga! Click here for more information.

Resilience Tool: My favorite flexible tool is a hoberman sphere, but I like to call it the "Breathing Ball", because it really helps kids and adults to have a visual/sensory experience of taking a big belly breath - just as the lungs expand and get smaller as we breathe in and out, so does the breathing ball.

Sometimes it takes some nice, full breaths to be able to calm down and see a different perspective, or to accept the unexpected. This is because in times of crisis or transition, our "fight or flight" brain is often activated, in an attempt to protect us from threat or harm. Deep breathing, however, activates our parasympathetic nervous system and helps our minds and bodies to feel more relaxed. This relaxed state helps us to be more flexible thinkers and problem solvers!

See the below short video clip for how it's done :)

Breathing Ball
** Note: If you have complications with accessing our available district food supports (or know someone who does), please reach out to Ms. Mutter and she will assist in finding a solution that best meets your needs**