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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...

Mental Health Awareness Month and Children's Mental Health Week Ideas for the Classroom and Counseling

Mental Health Awareness Month and Children's Mental Health Week Ideas for the Classroom and Counseling

May is Mental Health Awareness Month in the US and also kicks off Children's Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada. According...

Why Gratitude is Important & Engaging Gratitude Activities for Kids

Why Gratitude is Important & Engaging Gratitude Activities for Kids

Why Gratitude in the Classroom? Gratitude- she's not in our curriculum and we only seem to put her on a...

The Benefits of Teaching Mindfulness in The Classroom and Activities You Can Implement Today

The Benefits of Teaching Mindfulness in The Classroom and Activities You Can Implement Today

Picture this: a classroom buzzing with excitement, where students are not only absorbing information but also thriving in a space...

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...

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

9 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...

The Benefits of Using Collaborative Mural Posters and Art Projects in the Classroom

The Benefits of Using Collaborative Mural Posters and Art Projects in the Classroom

Hold the phones...  Have you tried collaborative posters with your class, lunch bunch or small counseling group yet?  Collaborative murals...

How to Teach and Help Kids Cope with Effective and Healthy Coping Strategies

How to Teach and Help Kids Cope with Effective and Healthy Coping Strategies

Long before singing ABCs and counting 123s, we marvel at the magical world of emotions. Teaching our kids coping strategies at a...

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...

The Best 100th Day of School SEL Ideas for the Primary Classroom

The Best 100th Day of School SEL Ideas for the Primary Classroom

The 100th day of school is a magnificent milestone each school year. To celebrate the immensity of this accomplishment, we usually assess how big...

Fun Seasonal SEL Bulletin Boards Ideas for Teachers and Elementary Counselors

Fun Seasonal SEL Bulletin Boards Ideas for Teachers and Elementary Counselors

If the idea of frequently assembling bulletin board displays gives you hives, and you'll only dabble if you can change...

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...

Benefits of Mindful Coloring for Kids and Counseling Groups

Benefits of Mindful Coloring for Kids and Counseling Groups

I used to think that making it rain coloring pages was a cop out- a lazy, uninspired way of filling gaps...

Why Teaching Your Kids and Students Gratitude is So Important

Why Teaching Your Kids and Students Gratitude is So Important

Gratitude, or expressing thankfulness, is the secret sauce to fulfilled days at home and in the classroom. Although still not perfect,...

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...

How to Manage Blurting and Talking Out in the Classroom

How to Manage Blurting and Talking Out in the Classroom

Unsolicited yammering. Intentional interrupting. Blurt blasting. You’re tired, you’re disheartened, you’re a teacher who is ready to crack the code...

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...

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...

Best Staff Morale Booster Ideas for Teacher Appreciation

Best Staff Morale Booster Ideas for Teacher Appreciation

What do we want? ∙ To be humanized! ∙ To be respected, not penalized, for boundary-setting! ∙ Equity! ∙ Less...