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Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Wakey!  Wakey!
It's going to be a great day!
I can't wait to see you this afternoon 
when I do Facebook Live at Five!
I'll be demonstrating the "Rules of 
Engagement" so tune in then.

Distracting fidgety hands and bodies may enable children to focus and calm down.

Brain Toys
Fill a shoebox or basket with stress balls or knotted socks. Suggest children get a "brain toy” when they can’t keep their hands to themselves.

Stress Button
Glue the hook side of Velcro to a poker chip to make a “stress button.”

Wrap a 20” piece of string around a jumbo craft sticks. Children keep these in their desk and get them out when their hands need to fiddle.

Sitter Spot
Cut 8” circles out of fun foam or felt and write the children’s names on them. Arrange for circle time to encourage social interactions and disperse problems.
*Children can also use these for their “special spot” for doing quiet activities.

Flashlight Spotlight
Take a flashlight and shine it on a child who is modeling the behavior you are looking for. “Spotlight on (child’s name). He’s got his math book and he’s ready to learn.”  

Happy Chappy
You will need some lip balm with a fragrance. Gently rub children’s right hand with a “happy chappy” when they are following directions.
Lucky Sticks!
Cover a can or plastic cup with paper and write “Lucky Sticks” on it. Take jumbo craft sticks and color one end green (1/2”) and the other end red (1/2”). Next, let each child write her name in the middle of the craft stick. Place the sticks with the red end down in the can. Explain that when you have an errand or task, you will pick a stick from the can. That child will get to be your special helper. After they’ve been picked, put their stick in the can with the red end on top. When all the sticks have been picked, turn them over and start again.