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Hi everyone

We hope you are all well and keeping safe at home. Mrs Wallace and Mrs Perkins are missing seeing you all and missing seeing your smiley faces. We know it is difficult having to stay at home for such a long time and not being able to see your family and friends. We thought we would share some activities and strategies that might help you with some of the emotions you might be going through at this unusual time. You may even recognise some of the strategies from your time in Tree House.

Reading Stories

Reading stories can help distract from anxious thoughts. Choose a book that your child loves and enjoys. If they ask, read to them over and over again, knowing what happens next and being able to chime in after multiple readings is predictable and soothing and exactly what your child needs.

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Create a worry box

A worry box or jar acts as a metaphor for things that are making your child anxious. A worry box/jar helps to symbolize the idea that their anxious feelings are simply thoughts that we can distance ourselves from.

 

It works like this:

  • Source and decorate a small box or old jar (such as a tissue box or coffee jar).
  • Then, perhaps each night before bed, either together or if your child would prefer to do this by themselves, they can write their worry on a piece of paper.

 

  • Have them fold the paper and place it in the box or jar.

 

  • The next day, take the note out of the box and see if your child still has those worries.

 

If they do, place the worry back into the box, if they do not then they can rip up the worry and throw it in the bin.

 

You could comfort your child by discussing their worry with them, making sure you stay calm and reassuring but making sure you don’t give your child any false promises or making them feel their worry is silly or not important.

 

Worry Stones

Whilst you are out playing in the garden or maybe if you go for your daily walk see if you can find a large smooth stone, give your stone a clean and then have a go at decorating one side of the stone any way you like, then on the other side of the stone write down your worry. Then maybe if you go for a walk down to the brook or river, you could take your worry stone with you and throw it into the water. If not, you could maybe burry your stone in the garden instead. Hopefully this will help you get rid of your worry.

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Coping with Anger

Some children may be starting to feel a little frustrated by now from being in the home so much, not seeing family or friends and not being able to do the things, they usually enjoy doing.

In the Tree House, we teach the children that ‘anger’ is an emotion and that it is ok, normal and healthy to feel angry and that everybody feels angry sometimes.

However, we teach them that it is NOT ok to break the anger rules.

The anger rules are:

                         We don’t hurt ourselves

                         We don’t hurt others

 We don’t break property

Why not design your own ‘anger rules’ poster to put up at home to help you when you feel angry.

Here are some calming down strategies that might help you when you are feeling angry. They may also help with any other emotions that you may be feeling.

 

Mrs Wallace and Mrs Perkins are thinking of you all! We hope that you enjoy making some of these activities, and that they help you with your emotions during this tricky time. Remember we will be with you all again soon and we cannot wait to see you each and every one of you.

 

Take care and stay safe

Mrs Wallace and Mrs Perkins.

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