Hi and welcome back to Attentionology for K – 5 Teachers!
Helping Kids in Troubled Times – More worrisome world news can make even the brightest of us feel troubled.
When you sense that a number of students feel anxious for whatever reasons, begin the school day with a simple question…
Worry got ya down?
Hold up a poster that features a funny face with a frown.
You’ll grab the class’ attention…
now the key question is what can you do to help ease students’ distress?
Power a Flower with Sun Power – Only through our imagination can we make sunshine in our classrooms during troubled times.
Help put sunny smiles on the faces of K – 2 kids after they’ve endured a difficult situation, including instructional activities, such as taking a test.
Show students a bendable flower, like one made of felt with wire underneath on the stem (available in dollar stores or toy stores.)
Tell the class that you found the flower in your “pretty pretend garden” and you picked it because it looked bent down, sad and worried.
Invite the class to “brighten the flower’s day by bringing the sun inside to give it warmth and care.”
Make the Sun’s Magic Shine in Class – Continue your hold on the class’ attention by asking the children to “help you make the magic of the sun shine on the flower you’re presenting.”
Invite one or two kids to come to where you’re standing with the flower in hand and hold the stem with you.
Count in a loud voice with the class…”One, two, three, little flower, listen to me, the magic of the sun’s warmth and care will chase away your worries and make you happy!”
Engage Kids with a Touch of Drama – Add a touch of drama to this activity to emphasize the importance of chasing away worry.
Ask the class to repeat the “chant” to the flower and then, with the flick of your hand… (more…)