Strategy #1 S.T.A.R Strategy
Strategy #2 Balloon Strategy
Strategy #3 Patting Arms Strategy
For this strategy, you take your right hand and pat your left arm down from the shoulder, to the wrist and back up again. (You don't have to have your arms up in the air like the picture. It was the only one I could find!) Then you switch and use your left hand to pat your right arm down from the shoulder, to the wrist and back up again. Repeat this (you guessed it!) 3 times!!!!
Strategy #4 Move Your Body
Strategy #5 Cuddle Buddy
This one is pretty self evident. A student can go and get a cuddle buddy (stuffed animal) from our basket OR bring one from home. Sometimes the tactile feeling of holding the stuffy and feeling its soft fur can make all the difference! The only rule is that it is to bring one comfort and not to be used as a toy or distraction during class time. This strategy works well for some of the students who have trouble focusing during group carpet time.
So, there you go, 5 strategies to try at home to get back to green zone. We are going to be learning more as we go along. I strongly believe in students learning to read how they feel and how to self-regulate themselves into a place where they are ready for learning. We all have the ability to make the best of any given situation. It is all about making choices. I want to give the students as many strategies as possible to help them make the best possible choices. We will be learning more strategies as we go along. I'll keep you updated!!!