March is here! Time is flying so quickly. It seems March will enter like a lion, but I sure hope it exits like a lamb! Congratulations to Parker Marie Kathan, our Grade 3 Wheelock school representative in the Zaner-Bloser Handwriting contest!
These super students above won some neat privileges in the monthly Hoot drawing!
So many great things are happening in our district! On Tuesday night, I had the pleasure of attending a Challenge Success event organized by Nicki Gustafson and the Challenge Success Committee. The event focused on the Well-Balanced Child. The video shared here was excellent. It is available until March 8th. Table group conversations that followed were insightful and helpful. Thank you, Michelle Barrette and Jen Mynahan for facilitating the Wheelock group.
It is so important to help our children achieve balance in their lives. Even with our Wheelock age group, peer pressure can be challenging, but if you stay the course, it pays off in dividends. Our job as parents and educators, is not be the child's friend. Our job is to support and love our children as they grow. Sometimes that means tough and difficult decisions that the child may not like. It is impossible to always make things perfect for our children. If children do not have the opportunity to solve problems for themselves and handle uncomfortable situations occasionally, they may not develop the skills they need to be resilient.
As you know we are seeing many cases of anxiety even at young ages. Here are some helpful tips if your child struggles with anxiety:
Tips for counteracting a child’s anxiety
– Create a healthy balance in the home between time spent on devices and other play activities.
– Actively listen to a child when he or she is speaking.
– Practice empathy towards the child and his or her anxiety: “If a child expresses anxiety let him or her know how you feel, and explain it’s normal to feel anxious about things.”
– Have a strategy. Teach the child to take deep breaths from the belly. “When we’re anxious we breathe into the chest which means we are not getting the right balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide. This puts our body under stress. When we breathe from the belly we take in the oxygen our body needs and it de-stresses us.”
– Help the child find a solution to the root of a worry, rather than just telling them not to worry. “If they fear getting lost in a shopping center, say ‘okay what can you do if you get lost?’ Talk through the worst-case scenario. Ask what would happen – let them play it out to the end.”
Here is additional information from Psychology Today and Challenge Success!
Social Media - We can't live with it, we can't live without it. I have to share that last week on vacation, my husband and I were having dinner at a pretty nice Sunset Key restaurant. My husband nudged me to look over at a family nearby. As I turned (trying to be subtle), I could see that every member of the family was on a device. No one was talking to each other. And... the kids weren't teenagers. It really made me sad. I don't consider myself too old-fashioned, but honestly, isn't that sad?
If you are finding that the digital age is ruling your roost, check out these tips from Challenge Success that may be helpful.
On that note, please be mindful of your children's use of Kids Tube. I have been told by some of our parents that very disturbing pop ups can appear while watching child friendly videos. The children are talking about these scary images and messages. We're finding it distracting and it is upsetting to some students.
Dr. Seuss Day!
Wheelock had a great day! The children had some trivia questions at lunch! Here are some pictures of crazy hats.