Saturday, June 6, 2015

5 Tips for Calm Kids at the End of the Year

1)        Use calming, hypnotic music during transitions, after lunch, and at the end of the day.  It sets a tone, and helps kids to focus and relax.

2)      Chat like a human.  Don’t scold; tell the kids that you know it’s natural to get a little antsy at the end of the year, and that they can control it by telling themselves:  “Self—calm down!  Breathe deeply, count to 5.”

3)      Let kids release their energy: jump, dance, or stretch to music.

4)      Do high-interest activities:  Reading?  Read about bugs, super-heroes, or dinosaurs.  Math?  Don’t talk about 3D shapes, create a 3D shape!

5)      Remind kids: there are only [10] days left, let’s end on a good note!  Let’s share our best days, and create some of our best memories.

It’s almost over.  Make it as pleasant as possible! 

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