The students in Ms. Anderson’s class, along with other K-3 classes, have been identifying and discussing feelings. We have been using a feelings chart to identify how we feel daily, and introducing different tools such as glitter jars and deep breathing exercises to cope with our emotions. One tool you can try at home is a deep breathing exercise called, “Take 5 Breathing” or “5 Finger Breathing.” Hold out one hand in front of you and use your index finger from the opposite hand to trace your hand one finger at a time. Take a deep breath in as you trace up, and breathe out as you move your finger down. This is a calming strategy that can be used anywhere.
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.” -Dr. Seuss