1. Routine and consistency- Keeping routine helps our brains to feel safe in knowing what will come next. With all this change, it is so important that you keep routine and consistency for your student as much as is possible- keep the same bedtime routine, the same morning routine and the same evening routine. Stay consistent in your rules and expectations.
2. Schedules- when our brains are in fear or worry, we lose our rational thinking and planning skills. By posting a schedule of the day, our brain has one less thing to wonder about and can let go of some of that fear so we can use more of our brain.
3. Plan ahead and practice- make a plan prior to the first day of class as to where your student(s) will sit, who and how will they ask for help, what is and isn’t okay during the school day, what to do if they get frustrated, etc. Rehearse this plan prior to the first day of virtual class.
4. Movement- in order to use the “thinking” part of our brains, the lower parts of our brains must be regulated. One of the biggest ways that our lower brains regulate is through movement. Scheduling time throughout the daily routine to move will help your student be able to focus, learn and stay calm. Attached to this letter is a list of different videos to help your kids get up and move. This list is also featured on our school website.
5. Self-Regulation- movement isn’t the only way that our lower brains stay regulated enough to use our “thinking” brains. In this time of loss and stress, it is extra important that we are keeping ourselves regulated. Some self-regulation strategies are:
b. Music and Rhythm
c. Connection to each other and FUN!
d. Identifying your feelings and expressing them
e. Taking a step away/changing your environment
On our website, you can find the “calm folder” which will walk your student through using some of the above strategies. If you would like a paper copy, please ask your child’s teacher.
If you need academic help for your student, please reach out to your child’s teacher. For community resources, mental/behavioral support for your student or support for yourself you may reach out to our District’s Behavior Interventionist, Celeste Huffaker (firstname.lastname@example.org; 541-670-0522).
All change is loss and with loss, grief is usually accompanied. This year, we all have had many things to grieve over and I hope that you all have been reaching out where you can to gain the support you need. This time of constant change offers us the opportunity for growth. We have a chance to envision a new world. The world we create is up to us.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkO8DaPIyXo- simon says
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X655B4ISakg – yoga
Middle and High School:
https://family.gonoodle.com/activities/take-on-the-day - mindfulness
https://family.gonoodle.com/activities/lets-unwind -mindfulness and movement
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Td6zFtZPkJ4 – yoga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-6erFaJZqP4 - yoga
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X655B4ISakg - yoga
GoNoodle has many videos for movement and relaxation for all age ranges: https://family.gonoodle.com/