Social Emotional Learning Resources

Helpful Resources: 
Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19
What Kids Want To Know About Coronavirus: An Original Comic
Social Emotional Learning Supports Around COVID-19
Best tips for homeschooling
44 Fun Indoor Activities for Kids Stuck at Home

Self-Care Tips: 
This is a challenging time for all of us so firstly, be kind to yourself. Remember to take care of your needs so that you are better able to take care of your family. Let’s use this time to really focus on our well-being.
  • Take time to check in with yourself to gain insight into where you may be struggling. Once you identify the issues, work to create a plan to address the issues you can control and to work on letting go of the ones you cannot.
  • Utilize social supports as needed. Consider planning a virtual coffee break or lunch hour with extended family/friends/colleagues via Zoom, where you might share strategies that are or are not working, talk about what you’re cooking or watching on Netflix, and experience a much-needed sense of community.
  • Create a routine that includes getting up at a regular time, getting ready and dressed for the day, a work schedule, some way to move your body and some breaks to connect to others.
  • Remember that, as adults, we are the best predictors of how our students and children are doing; they are watching and listening to us. When we take care of ourselves, we’re showing them how they can take care of themselves, too.
Supporting Social Emotional Learning at Home:
In this challenging time, children (and adults) need safety, structure, and relationships.
  • Safety: Emotional and physical safety are super important. Following physical protocols such as social distancing and wearing masks is reassuring. Have a plan to support kids through their emotional experience -- encourage them to talk about their feelings and help normalize these experiences. Remember to take care of yourself so you can best help your kids manage their feelings. We need to use our proverbial oxygen mask on ourselves first. If we are calm and manage our feelings, kids will feel safer.
  • Structure: We all need structure in order to function at our best. Younger kids need more structure because there is less internal structure in the brain. A routine/schedule will help organize the day. Plan frequent breaks, down time and even alone time for everybody. Try to include daily family time for fun, whatever that is for your family. Games, puzzles, movies, cooking anything folks might enjoy.
  • Relationships: Planned family time will also help strengthen bonds and relationships, something kids are missing since they are not in school with their peers. These connections will also encourage kids to talk more about what they are feeling and help reassure and regulate them emotionally. Find ways to be silly or playful together as much as possible because this helps the brain offset distress.
Self-Regulation Activities:
These activities can promote self-regulation when students are feeling stressed and provide a healthy sense of control over controllable aspects of an overwhelming situation. Some possible social emotional and wellness practices can include the following:
  • Promote self-awareness by having students review a feelings chart and share how they are feeling. To help them communicate their feelings, encourage the use of a scale, such as, “On a scale of 1-10, how bored/confused/happy/worried are you feeling?” or have them describe their feelings using weather (sunny/cloudy/snowstorm etc.).
  • Quick mindfulness or self-soothing exercises such as smelling a flower or completing four-corner breathing prior to completing the lesson. Four-corner breathing simply involves inhaling deeply and exhaling deeply four times. Students can complete this breathing exercise by standing up and taking one inhale and exhale breath while facing each of the four corners in a room.
  • Model and normalize a range of emotions by giving students opportunities to express themselves in nonverbal ways. This may include drawing a picture about how their lesson or day is going or showing the most important thing that happened to them that day. Adults can complete this exercise first and share with kids to model how to share with others in a way that feels safe and helps us feel connected.
  • Focus on gratitude and things that are within your control. Make a list of things and people in your life that you are grateful for. Set specific, attainable goals to help you feel more accomplished.
  • Mindful Breathing -- focus on your breath for two minutes and try to:
    -Remove distractions such as your cell phone
    -Sit comfortably and be aware of your posture and body
    -Close your eyes or lower your eyelids
    -Place your hand on your stomach or chest, wherever you feel your breath
    -Breathe naturally and: Count to 10: inhale 1/exhale 1, inhale 2/exhale 2, and so on until you get to 10. Then repeat until the two minutes are up. Or breathe while repeating a phrase such as inhale/exhale, in/out, deep/slow.
Mindfulness Videos:

Alphabreaths Part 1

Alphabreaths Part 2

Alphabreaths Part 3

Mindfulness for JK-K

I Can Do Hard Things

Other Resources and Videos:

Mind Yeti

Cosmic Kids Yoga

The Science of Gratitude

Mindfulness Animated in 3 minutes

Why Mindfulness Is a Superpower: An Animation

5 Minute Quick Anxiety Reduction - Guided Mindfulness Meditation

3 Minutes Body Scan Meditation - Mindfulness For Kids And Adults

Youth Voices: Mindful Teens

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