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One Minute Relaxers

Fairies and Ladybugs To Relax

Nonverbal and Visual cues to relax are essential for establishing a relaxing, calm atmosphere for learning.  Less talk more focus is how it goes in my school.  Here is an idea about how to use fun, playful, engaging reminders to … Continue reading

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Stoplight Deep Breath!

Relaxation Practice in the Car! A perfect time to practice deep breathing during your day is to use time in the car! 1.  Prime the mind to relax by focusing on the positive: Invite your child to name 5 things … Continue reading

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One-Minute Relaxer: Icicle/Puddle Game

One minute relaxers are relaxation techniques that can be completed in one minute or less. During busy times it is even more important than usual that relaxation techniques be easy to implement, quick to complete, and engaging for kids.   It’s … Continue reading

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Attitude of Gratitude and Relaxation

Having an attitude of gratitude can support a state of relaxation.  When we feel grateful, a state of wellbeing and ease, we feel relaxed, centered, at peace and in love with the world around us.  We can help our kids … Continue reading

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Forest of Calm

It’s back to school time and the perfect time to practice relaxation techniques with your kids!  Recently, the first graders and I created a “Forest of Calm” through the Vrksasana yoga pose, or “tree pose.” All of the kids gathered … Continue reading

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My Calm Colors Palette

Did you know that by simply gazing upon a calming color, it can produce a calming effect on the body and mind?  When I was in Undergraduate school I worked in an engineering library that was colorscaped, as they called … Continue reading

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Snake Break!

Here’s a quick break for all of the kiddos you know that could use a pause and some sensory input to help them balance and calm their minds and bodies.  To introduce this break or for practice, I ask the … Continue reading

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Wheels of….RELAXATION!

This morning in our small group yoga time at school, we practiced relaxation skills using a spinner visual aid.  This visual aid helped students to stay focused on what we were learning and was a great tool to bring attention … Continue reading

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Once Upon a Touch…

I have been enjoying sharing this book with the children I work with.  Once Upon a Touch by Mary Atkinson and Sandra Hooper is a wonderful book to introduce the relaxing power of massage and to teach various massage techniques … Continue reading

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Big Bear Hug

Give your child a relaxation and self-calming tool to feel deeply loved and secure in a moment’s notice.  The Big Bear Hug is just that, a BIG bear hug….for yourself.  Next time when your child’s energy is erratic and he … Continue reading

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