Going back to school brings up a lot of feelings for everyone – parents and kids alike! The transition can feel overwhelming. Set everyone up for success this school year by establishing good sleep routines, making time to connect and talk about how the day is going to go, building predictable routines, reciting a family mantra, and practicing gratitude. Your child’s brain will thank you – and so will their teacher!
FocusedKids is a community-based program that teaches children about their brains and to provide strategies to help them self-regulate. The FocusedKids core program offers a classroom curriculum teaching three parts of the brain, both live and online. Participants learn how the brain works and practice exercises that help calm and focus. Both teachers and children participate using FocusedKids supporting materials and a well-defined implementation schedule.
Hemos creado este proyecto como una forma de ayudar a las familias, profesores, y cuidadores de nuestra comunidad a empezar a mejorar después de un año de muchos desafíos y confusión. Un concepto fundamental de FocusedKids incluye crear un Lugar-de-la -calma en el aula o en casa. Lo que siempre ayuda a reiniciar y estar enfocado es crear algo nuevo. Descansar y hablar acerca de cómo nos sentimos en un lugar seguro nos provee oportunidades para sanar los efectos de un trauma.
We created this project as a way to help families, teachers, and caregivers in our community begin to heal after a challenging and confusing year. A core concept of FocusedKids includes creating a calm-down space in the classroom or at home. What always helps to reset and focus us is creating something new. Resting and talking about how we are in a safe place provide ways out of the effects of trauma.
Here at FocusedKids we are trying not to exhaust ourselves by worrying about plans for the upcoming Holidays. We are reminding ourselves to be patient and grateful, and figure we are successful in those endeavors about 40% of the time. (Truth: maybe only 30%!). We hope the following tips will help you navigate the holiday season however you plan to spend it.