Tips On Helping Your Child Deal With Stress

1.) Tell your child that it is okay to be imperfect.

Often we feel that it is necessary for our children to succeed in sports, school, and performance situations.  School becomes driven by grades, not by enjoyment of learning.  It is important to encourage your child to work hard but equally important to accept and embrace your child’s mistakes and imperfections.

2.) Focus on the positives.

Many times anxious and stressed children can get lost in negative thoughts and self-criticism. They may focus on how the glass is half empty instead of half-full and worry about future events. The more that you are able to focus on your child’s positive attributes and the good aspects of a situation, the more that it will remind your child to focus on the positives.

3.) Schedule relaxing activities.

Children need time to relax and be kids.  It is important to ensure that your child engages in play purely for the sake of fun. This may include scheduling time each day for your child to play with toys, play a game, play a sport (without it being competitive), doing yoga, paint, have a tea party, put on a play, or just be silly.

4.) Practice relaxation exercises with your child.

Sometimes really basic relaxation exercises are necessary to help your child to reduce their stress and anxiety. This might mean telling your child to take a few slow, deep breaths (and you taking a few slow breaths with your child so your child can match your pace). Or it might mean asking your child to image him or herself somewhere relaxing, like the beach or relaxing in a backyard by a pool.  Ask your child to close his/her eyes and imagine the sounds, smells, and sensations associated with the image

5.) Stay calm. 

Children look to their parents to determine how to react in situations.  If you are anxious, your child will pick up on that anxiety and experience an increase in his/her own anxiety.  So when you want to reduce your child’s anxiety, you must manage your own anxiety. This may mean deliberately slowing down your own speech, taking a few deep breaths to relax, and working to ensure that your facial expression conveys that you are calm.

To read more on helping your child deal with stress click on the link below.

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/dont-worry-mom/201302/12-tips-reduce-your-childs-stress-and-anxiety

Preparing Your Child for School

Mission:  EVERY STUDENT. EVERY DAY.

Vision: Cultivating life-long learners through engaging experiences.

According to the National Educational Association here are some tips for getting your child academically and socially ready for school.

ACADEMIC READINESS

Before entering kindergarten, children should have basic knowledge of themselves, their families, and the world around them. Through play and interactions with caring adults, children can come to school with many skills that teachers can build upon. To get your child academically ready for school, you should:

  • Read to your child daily and talk about what you’ve read.
  • Visit the library. Check out books and attend story times.
  • Sing rhyming songs and do finger plays.
  • Put your child’s name on their clothing and toys to help him or her recognize their name in print.
  • Encourage your child to write his or her name.
  • Help your child learn basic colors by pointing and naming objects like “green trees,” “red apples,” or “blue coats.”
  • Give your child puzzles and games that require counting and problem solving. Let your child scribble, draw, write, and cut and paste.
  • Sing the alphabet song with your child and provide letter magnets or other toys that will help him/her begin to recognize the letters of the alphabet.
  • Take your child to the zoo, park, grocery store, post office, and pet shop. Talk about the sights and sounds of your day.
  • Make time for your child to sing, dance, climb, jump, run, and ride tricycles or bikes.
  • Choose child care that promotes learning with well planned, fun, and interesting activities.

    SOCIAL READINESS

    Social readiness is as important as academic readiness. Being able to get along with other children, follow directions, take turns, and say “good-bye” to parents are skills that kindergarten teachers hope to see from incoming children. To get your child socially ready for school, you should:

    • Set rules and give consequences for breaking them.
    • Have regular routines for mealtime and bedtime.
    • Encourage your child to play with and talk to other children.
    • Encourage your child to take turns and share with other children.
    • Encourage your child to finish difficult or frustrating tasks once they have begun them.
    • Encourage your child to consider the feelings of others.
    • Model and discuss positive ways for your child to express his or her feelings.
    • Discourage hitting, biting, screaming, and other negative behaviors.
    • Kiss and hug your child several times a day.

WELCOME BACK!

School Counseling

Lorna Parker
K-2nd

Bridgette Turner
3rd -5th  Grade

 Mission:  EVERY STUDENT. EVERY DAY.

 Vision: Cultivating life-long learners through engaging experiences.

 Welcome back for the 2017-2018 school year!  We are excited about the upcoming year and the fresh, new look and feel of the school. We look forward to working with you and your children to make this the most successful year ever!  Below is some important information to assist you in planning for the beginning of school.

 Meet & Greet:  July 27th 1:00-4:00

This is an opportunity for you and your child to come to school to visit the classroom and meet your child’s teacher.  During this time you can also sign up for a carpool number, find out your child’s bus pick up and drop off time, fill out a lunch application, join PTA, and register for the After School Program (ASP) and other after-school programs.

First Day of School: July 31st 7:15

The doors will open at 7:15.  All students are expected to be in their classroom no later than 7:50.   If you are bringing your child to school the first day, you will want to leave a little earlier.  The first few days of school the carpool line is extremely busy.  Please be patient as we will work diligently to try and move the carpool line as fast as we can to ensure the safety of our students.

Classroom Guidance:

Every student will have an opportunity to participate weekly in classroom guidance classes as part of their specials rotation.  Students will learn skills in the area of academics, social/emotional and career exploration.

P.B.I.S.:

Be on the lookout for information regarding Sedalia Park’s new behavior system P.B.I.S. (Positive Behavior Intervention Strategies). We will still use Panther Pauses for rewards, but we will be implementing some new ideas that will help us have the most successful year ever!!!