This article appears as a PT RESOURCE. We curate a wide variety of tools and ideas to help support the parents who work in our classroom – so that they can be empowered to develop deep relationships with students and work in partnership with our teachers.
Are there blow-outs or big feelings happening? Don’t worry, it’s not unusual for kids to need a little extra help adjusting to the start of school. Here are some things to remember:
1. Reach out and make a special effort to connect playfully (Playful Parenting is a TKG favorite).
2. Facilitate bonding with the other children (empowering students vs solving their problems).
3. Remind students to visit their family pictures (every TKG classroom has a cozy meeting area where students’ family photos have a special place on a mantel).
4. Invite students to find calm at the peace table (every TKG classroom has a brain-break spot where students can regain their motivation, breathing, confidence through mindfulness, sensory experiences or even big physical movement).
5. Encourage laughter. It will help release anxiety in a safe way (but never by tickling because it activates the brain differently and could possibly induce stress).
Read the Aha!Parenting tool that inspired this resource.