If it smells like children and you’re feeling like you put the hag in haggard lately, you might be ready for October. Here are some of my favorite social-emotional learning resources for K-3 this spooky season.
Halloween is spooky, but that doesn’t mean that talking about our wellness goals has to. This bulletin board is a frighteningly fa-boo-lous addition to your counseling office, school hallway or primary classroom.
Another tool for World Mental Health Day (or any day) is this engaging free lesson plan. Use it as a springboard to talk about such social emotional learning topics as: resilience, reaching out for help when we need it, growth mindset, and using visualization as a coping tool.
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To continue the theme of self-esteem building, this Halloween costume craft is the perfect way to reinforce the importance of having empathy (don’t judge a mummy by his bandages) and of being authentically you.
How it works:
Students will write down something that others might not know about them. Then, they will choose one of four Halloween costumes and color the coloring pages and glue them together in a way that creates a flip ‘peek-a-BOO’ craft to reveal the child underneath the costume.
Whether you are in Canada, celebrating Thanksgiving this month, or simply looking to reinforce gratitude skills, this SEL pumpkin craft is the perfect pick of the patch!
World Mental Health Day is October 10th. This interactive digital and printable board will help you foster important conversations surrounding gratitude and empathy that will be a wonderful activity for World Mental Health Day and beyond.
How it works:
Students will take what they need and give what they can, to foster positive relationship-building. This is a simple system to encourage and foster open communication about how we are feeling to eliminate the stigma of talking about big emotions and recognizing our needs.
Nothing screams horror like having 30 students bombarding you to ask what they can do after they’ve finished their work. These social emotional learning prompts and spooky story center are the perfect pick for mindful morning work or for early Franken finishers.