Mindful Activity # 2 – Mandalas

Mindful Activity # 2 – Mandalas

   

Download free mandala coloring pages, print and color with your favorite coloring tools such as colored pencil, crayons, markers or paint. These can vary widely in complexity so add ‘for children’ or ‘for adults’ to find the best fit for the colorer. There are also many wonderful mandala coloring books available (just google it!).

Mandala Coloring Tips and Games

Try these tips:
1) Find a cozy spot to color.
2) Listen to soft, calming music.
3) Choose your colors – you might like to coordinate them.
4) Start from the center.
5) Use the same colors for any repeating patterns.
6) Relax and enjoy!

Create a Family Mandala Wall 
1) Print one of the SAME mandala designs for each family member.
2) Color in your designs individually (no peeking!).
3) As you finish, sign them and post them up on a wall all together.
4) What do you notice? Observe and discuss.

Collaborative Mandala Game
1) Print a single mandala coloring page.
2) Each person chooses one or two unique colors.
3) Take turns adding to the mandala.
4) Optional: When it’s your turn, see if you can find and color just one of the repeating patterns.
5) Add your group design to the Family Mandala Wall.

 

Mindful Activity of the Day #1 Mountain

Mindful Activity of the Day #1 Mountain

 

 

Hey Glen Allen Cubs!

This is Day #1 of our Mindful Activity of the Day! Give it a try! Also, click the YouTube video link below to see Lisa Flynn demonstrate the Mountain yoga positions.

Video:  https://youtu.be/NuJyXxOoj7Q
Mountain Activity Card: Yoga 4 Classrooms Activity Cards
Social Tags: @yoga4classrooms #yoga4classrooms

Yoga 4 Classrooms Daily Activity

Yoga 4 Classrooms Daily Activity

Boys and Girls,
I have just received an email from Lisa Flynn of Yoga4Classrooms inviting and giving permission for school counselors to share her online mindfulness materials with our kids and families while we are experiencing school closures. Each day she will be sharing a Mindfulness Activity which I will upload to my blog for you to enjoy! So, even though we are not together right now, you will be able to continue your mindfulness practice at home! I hope you enjoy each activity!

What Does A School Counselor Do, Anyway?

What Does A School Counselor Do, Anyway?

A lot has changed since the days of “guidance counselors”! No longer will you find a counselor sitting behind her desk all day making schedules and handing out college applications! Professional School Counselors are a vital part of your child’s educational team! I believe this is especially true at the elementary school level, where all the action happens!  Your child is learning how to get along in the world and work with other people. They are developing self-concept as learners and becoming competent and confident in the school environment. They are also building important decision-making skills, value systems, and life skills. What an exciting time!

Elementary School Counselor play a very active role in the daily academic life of students. We are uniquely trained in child development, social skills training, executive functioning strategies, and self-management to help children become their best self and experience success in their learning environment. Through the implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program, students are supported through this important period in their development. Components include:

Direct Services –

  • Classroom Guidance lessons are delivered to all classroom from KG to 5th grade teaching social-emotional concepts, decision-making skills, academic work habits, and career exploration.
  • Small Group Counseling provides opportunities for more focused investigation of selected topics such as Making Good Choices, Overcoming Anxious Feelings, Managing Myself, Finding Hope in Change (Divorce groups), and Executive Functioning Skills Group.
  • Individual Counseling is a short-term individualized curriculum designed to assist a student in developing skills in a targeted area or supporting a student through a difficult life event.

Indirect Services  

School – wide character education promotions such as the Bucket-filler program, monthly character focus, Red Ribbon Week, Mix-it Up Day, Kindness Week, and College and Career Week.

Coordination and collaboration: Section 504 Coordinator and Intervention Team member

Consultation services with administration, teachers, and parents

This link SCInfographic is a terrific “infographic” from the American School Counseling Association website and outlines in more detail the role of the Professional School Counselor. TAKE A LOOK!

Feel free to contact me if your child needs support. I look forward to working with your child and to a great new school year!

Glen Allen Cub Counselor,

Mrs. Julie Sitter

Red Ribbon Week!

Red Ribbon Week!

Image result for Red ribbonGlen Allen Elementary will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week October 24th  – 28th. Our theme this year is Respect Yourself, Respect Others. We will be learning about making good choices for ourselves to stay healthy and drug free as well as standing together against bullying. Each day the students have an opportunity to demonstrate their support by wearing a particular item. Check out the link here to see more access more information!

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