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Creative Anti-Bullying Activities for Elementary Students and Counseling Groups

Creative Anti-Bullying Activities for Elementary Students and Counseling Groups

If you teach or support primary students, you may have noticed a distinct pattern when you mention the word bully. It...

7 Fun and Easy DIY Spring Crafts for Kids to Boost Social Emotional Learning

7 Fun and Easy DIY Spring Crafts for Kids to Boost Social Emotional Learning

It’s the changing of the season, which calls for a fresh spring in our step, as we dramatically shed our...

How to Support Children With Anxiety: Coping Strategies and Tips for Parenting and Teaching

How to Support Children With Anxiety: Coping Strategies and Tips for Parenting and Teaching

 Disclaimer: In this blog post, we are discussing mild to moderate levels of intermittent anxiety that impacts the majority of...

How to Teach Social Emotional Learning Skills to Kindergarten Students

How to Teach Social Emotional Learning Skills to Kindergarten Students

Teaching social emotional learning skills can come naturally to a Kindergarten teacher who has ample periods and invitations to observe...

Putting Emotions Before Academics In Our Primary Classrooms

Putting Emotions Before Academics In Our Primary Classrooms

I was supporting a Kindergarten class earlier this week and within moments of entering the snow-dusted, cootie-filled play area, I...

Mindful Winter Activities for Kids and Primary Classrooms on a Budget

Mindful Winter Activities for Kids and Primary Classrooms on a Budget

My ideal winter can be described as immobile. Only breaking my hibernation for shopping breaks and to feed the chickadees,...

Gingerbread Week Ideas for Social Emotional Learning in the Primary Classroom

Gingerbread Week Ideas for Social Emotional Learning in the Primary Classroom

Gingerbread Week is typically celebrated shortly before Christmas/ winter break in elementary school. But don’t get your gumdrops in a tizzy if...

Creative Random Acts of Kindness Activities for Teachers and Counselors in the Classroom

Creative Random Acts of Kindness Activities for Teachers and Counselors in the Classroom

Whether we’re seeing frequent conflicts, a general lack of enthusiasm for learning, or a lapse in social etiquette, I’ve got...

October Round-Up: The Best of Primary Social-Emotional Learning Tools

October Round-Up: The Best of Primary Social-Emotional Learning Tools

If it smells like children and you’re feeling like you put the hag in haggard lately, you might be ready...

The Best YouTube Mindful Breathing Exercises to Calm Anxious Kids

The Best YouTube Mindful Breathing Exercises to Calm Anxious Kids

Making room for pockets of mindfulness in your primary program is a no-brainer. One second- I'm pausing this blog post to...

7 Deep Breathing Tools that Help Kids Get Calm

7 Deep Breathing Tools that Help Kids Get Calm

Don't forget to read to the end to grab your free deep breathing bracelet exercise for kids! Ever default to,...

Back to School Activities Round Up for Social Emotional Learning

Back to School Activities Round Up for Social Emotional Learning

Let’s take the BS out of BTS with my favorite Back to School resources for K-3. These tools will be...

How To Set Up a Calm Corner in Your Classroom or Home

How To Set Up a Calm Corner in Your Classroom or Home

In this blog post, we'll talk about why we have calm corners and how we can set one up to...

Mindfulness Picture Books and Read Alouds for Kids

Mindfulness Picture Books and Read Alouds for Kids

Picture Books to Encourage Mindful Kids  Most of us are just trying to stay afloat in a society that praises hustle...

Summer Countdown SEL Activities Round-Up

Summer Countdown SEL Activities Round-Up

Hello, is it peace you’re looking for? Since we all have such different end dates, but such similar #feels during...

Social Emotional Learning April Activities for the Primary Classroom

Social Emotional Learning April Activities for the Primary Classroom

  Spring is here! And by that I mean dull, dreary weather and a reveal of ghastly little treasures that...

Our Current Top 10 Children's Books for Self-Esteem

Our Current Top 10 Children's Books for Self-Esteem

So you want your child to feel more self-assured. Unfortunately for our quick fix-it minds and weary hearts, higher-order self-confidence comes...

Activities to Teach Kids Conflict Resolution Skills

Activities to Teach Kids Conflict Resolution Skills

Practical Activities to Teach Kids Problem-Solving Skills Picture this: You’ve been having a great day. Debbie didn’t spray her egg salad...

March Activities for Students for Social Emotional Learning in the Primary Classroom

March Activities for Students for Social Emotional Learning in the Primary Classroom

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the only reason why we might be feeling a little lucky come March. With spring break...

Social Emotional Learning Games for your Counseling Groups or Lunch Bunch

Social Emotional Learning Games for your Counseling Groups or Lunch Bunch

When it comes to your small counseling or Lunch Bunch groups, social emotional learning games are a phenomenal way of...

Infusing SEL into your STEM Programming

Infusing SEL into your STEM Programming

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and S.E.L (social-emotional learning) go harmoniously like PB and J. By using the two to...

February Round Up: The Best of Social-Emotional Learning Tools

February Round Up: The Best of Social-Emotional Learning Tools

  Ah, February. The grueling grind that January brought has finally subsided, leaving you to identify as one of two...

Why Your Early Learning Program Needs Dramatic Play

Why Your Early Learning Program Needs Dramatic Play

What is dramatic play? Dramatic play, or pretend play, is the act of using our surroundings and resources, to take on...

Reinforcing Rules in your Primary Classroom Back from Winter Break

Reinforcing Rules in your Primary Classroom Back from Winter Break

  And just like that, another winter holiday break has come and gone. The majority of us educators have successfully avoided our...

January Round-Up: The Best of Social-Emotional Learning Tools for Primary Students and Counseling Groups

January Round-Up: The Best of Social-Emotional Learning Tools for Primary Students and Counseling Groups

  [In a jazzy Michael Bublé croon] It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new year for...

December Round-Up: The Best of Social-Emotional Learning Tools

December Round-Up: The Best of Social-Emotional Learning Tools

All may not be calm & bright, and they may only be silent at night, but we can do our...

How to Prevent and Handle Tantrums Through Conscious Parenting and Teaching

How to Prevent and Handle Tantrums Through Conscious Parenting and Teaching

Read until the end for your sensory break freebie!  Loud, wildly unpredictable, comes at the absolute worst time and has the...