Help me give my students the peace, confidence, and the social-emotional support they need with the Slumberkins Snugglers and corresponding social-emotional books for use during COVID 19 and during our reintegration period on the other side!
Each year my third grade students enter willing and excited to grow in knowledge and truth, and this year is no exception! Together we embark on a journey of growing into life-long learners who devour books and thirst to learn something new each and every day.
Each student who joins our learning community is worthy of the best...the most socially and emotionally enriching, academically sound, child-centered, education possible.
In our classroom, we value each child's strengths and seek to provide a variety of methodologies to ensure unique needs and desires are met. We begin each day with a growth mindset and end reflecting on the contributions we've each made to the day's pursuits.
"What we will recall when we look back at this moment in time will not be how well we taught, how much work we did, how quickly we adapted. We will remember the moments spent with our tribe, those chosen few still in our everyday life when the rest of the world shut down around us. We will remember this time by the feelings that we hold onto the strongest. For the little ones in our lives feeling most the stress, the change, the uncertainty, we encourage you to help name those feelings, to welcome them and to talk through what they mean and how to take care of them. Once these feelings are understood, together you can move toward gratitude, can practice mindfulness, and can embrace emotional well-being." (Slumberkins, 2020)
Decades of research has shown that the need to feel safe, loved, and secure is imperative to raising up a healthy generation of children.
That need is perhaps amplified in our world right now as we seek to provide a safe, forward-looking, nurturing environment for our students.
Before COVID-19 my class found great peace and comfort in listening to the calming, empowering messages of the Slumberkins Series via an online application. This series brings messages of resilience, empowerment, and emotional awareness. Through this project, I can continue to bring them these lessons of hope, mindfulness, and gratitude while walking them through a period of grief and loss.
Each Slumberkins set comes with a plush character, social emotional book, and affirmation cards that I will use now (virtually) to support students in this journey, and more tangibly, they will be able to use when we resume face to face. Thank you for journeying with me in creating a safe space where students can find solace and hope.
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