This month, our schoolwide theme is emotion management. In our morning announcements and school assembly we'll be prompting students to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, and we'll be reminding them to use their Second Step skills to calm down:
Stop -- Use your signal
Name your feeling
Calm down -- Breathe, count, use positive self-talk
These skills help students calm down strong emotions when faced with learning and social challenges, which helps them succeed academically and get along well with others.
Second Step lessons specifically teach about calming down strong emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety. You'll be receiving Home Links that describe why managing strong emotions is important and include fun activities to do with your child to help him or her identify strong feelings and calm down. We hope the Home Links will give you tools to use together when your child is upset.
Please tell your child's teacher if you have questions about how to can help your child learn to calm down at home.