We are now focusing on Emotion Regulation and students in grades 2-5 have been watching and dancing along to (although the 4th and 5th graders think they are too cool to dance along!) the Calm Down Dance Videos. Take a minute to visit the Second Step Website (links and codes are included in my blog entry from September) to learn more. The songs are very catchy and teach students the steps to calm down - which are 1. Stop, 2. Name Your Feeling 3. Calm Down (belly breathing, self-talk and counting). In 5th grade, we watched a prezi regarding test anxiety as the students prepare to take MCAS in a few weeks.
Kindergarten and 1st graders will start learning about strong emotions and how to handle these feelings effectively.
I hope this update is helpful. I can't believe how quickly the year is moving forward. I'm absolutely ready for the sunshine and warm weather that will come with spring!