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At-Home learning Summer Enrichment
Grades K-12: Access the activities listed below. For more resources, navigate to the Student Hub https://www.aisd.net/students/at-home-learning/student-hub/ to access the PK-12 Summer Learning which provides additional resources for ELA, math, science, and social studies.
Research shows that social skills can be taught and practiced. This page will provide you a way to determine what to focus on for your child. We suggest engaging in one or two enrichment activities daily.
Self-Awareness activities will help if your child needs to increase in these areas:
- Identifying emotions
- Accurate self-perception
- Recognizing strengths
Self-Management activities will help if your child needs to increase in these areas:
- Impulse control
- Stress Management
- Goal Setting
- Organization Skills
Relationship Skills activities will help if your child needs to increase in these areas:
- Social Engagement
- Relationship Building
Social-Emotional Enrichment for Elementary
The following article explains how skills like kindness, sharing, and self-regulation are important. Here are some of our favorite social-emotional activities for the early years.
- Self-Awareness - practice with clay; monster match game; emotion mask
- Self-Management - strategies to deal with hard feelings; calm down kit; yoga poses
- Relationship Skills - compliment circles; sharing game
- Self-Awareness - puppets, play card games
- Self-Management - read bedtime stories, prevent potential problems,
- Relationship Skills - do a job together, think out loud
We have learned that emotions are natural and valid and that all emotions are okay. We learned to identify and accept our emotions. Watch a favorite movie together and use these strategies to talk about it: Pause, ask how the character is feeling, and name the feeling.
We learn at school about strategies to boost our feelings when we’re feeling stress. Some of these strategies include deep breathing, thinking happy thoughts, listening to music, coloring, or going outside. Listen together to the story Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, by Judith Viorst and illustrated by Ray Cruz and talk about Alexander’s difficulties and what he could do to manage his emotions. Books help children not only see strategies for overcoming the difficult times but also those difficulties are a part of life. Listen to the book being read at https://youtu.be/h6rp0SZX7lg
Our relationships are perhaps the most important thing that any of us have in life and it is important to practice nurturing relationships. Students have been taught how to compliment others. You can practice these skills at home with the following activities:
- When someone in your family does something good, prompt your child to give him/her a compliment such as “Great job washing the car Dad” or “Congrats on your volleyball game sis – great job!”.
- Prompt your child to give compliments to people in your family and in the community. For instance, tell someone they are a good cook or tell someone that they look nice or tell someone that they are funny or smart.
- For each person in your family, have your child make them each a compliment card. Use index cards and crayons and on 1 side have him/her write a compliment and who it is for such as “You are a good cook Dad” or “You are really nice Sis”. On the other side, have him/her draw a picture with the crayons. When done, have him/her pass out the compliment cards to members of the family.
Social-Emotional Enrichment for Secondary
The following website provides articles, activities, and other resources.
15 Activities for Teaching CASEL Core Competencies https://www.waterford.org/education/15-activities-for-teaching-casel-core-competencies/
- Mindfulness Meditation
- Deep breathing, relaxing, sitting quietly
- What was your wildest dream?
- Why do you think it is important to be kind?
- What are some things you would like to change about yourself?
Emotional Vocabulary Lists
- Identify words such as ‘apprehensive’, ‘jubilant’
- Grounding Techniques
- Listen to music, read, meditate, yoga, deep breathing
- Communicate with family during mealtime
- Discuss the day, compliment on the food
- Work with your family to complete household chores
- Put the dishes in the dishwasher, vacuum
- “What would you do?” activity (problem-solving scenarios)
- Example: while playing with your little brother, he accidentally cracked your phone screen. What do you do next?
The information above is, in part, taken from The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) which supports practices that can enrich a child’s social-emotional development. More activities can be found at https://casel.org/core-competencies.