I can’t believe summer is already over and students are packing up their backpacks for the 2017/2018 school year. Time flies! The beginning of the school year can be an adjustment for many children. Below are some ideas to help your child unwind after a long day of learning.
Audiobooks. They are great for teaching listening comprehension skills as well as relaxation! Your child can sit back an relax in a quiet space after a busy day of learning.
Talk to them about their day. The beginning of the school year provides plenty of fun new experiences as well as some uncomfortable ones. Talk to them about their day. If they’ve had a trying day and are getting stuck making a a choice you can give them other more reasonable choices allowing them to have some control over the situation again. This is based in Love and Logic, which I really like. If you’re curious follow this link to start your own inquiry into Love and Logic.
Belly breathing. Help your child belly breath by counting breaths with them. Ask them to sit or lie down on their backs in a comfortable position. Then tell them to breath into their belly for a count of 4 or 5 (you can adjust depending on how fast you count) and then out again. The goal is to concentrate on their breath and to make it to the end of each counting sequence. It can be really helpful to have them put thier hands or a book on their belly and have them imagine their belly as a balloon filling up, and then deflating. There are a lot of versions of belly breathing so you can do what works for you and your child! I like this PBS link which explains why belly breathing works and provides some nice tips as well.
The joy of learning. Together.