Dear K-6 Families,
At TNS, we care about the whole child’s well being, including both their intellectual and emotional development. We understand our students need to feel secure with a sense of belonging, as well as teach them skills to self-regulate before they can focus on their academic lessons. Our K-6 faculty/staff intentionally connect with their students and encourage true learning in many ways such as greeting our students at the door, allowing students to spend a few minutes on nonacademic conversations, frequent movement brain breaks, strategically planned lessons with smooth transitions, and lessons on how to self-regulate emotions.
To increase opportunities for emotional development among our students, we have increased our counseling services this year as well as introduced a new counseling program. Our counseling curriculum, MindUp, was created in 2003. It is the signature program of The Goldie Hawn Foundation. MindUp is based on neuroscience and positive psychology that gives children the tools to understand how their brains work in conjunction with their emotions. The curriculum crosses all subjects and grades K-8. Through fifteen lessons, students learn how to focus their breathing, live mindfully, and apply their knowledge to real world situations. Students are currently exposed to MindUp through bi-weekly SEL lessons. Students also participate in class meetings and SEL lessons that pertain specifically to their class bi-weekly. Below are a few suggestions from MindUp of how parents can discuss these SEL lessons and concepts at home:
- Connect with your child through mindful moments - taking time to immerse yourself together in present activities, like listening to sounds, or taking a walk outside, can enrich enjoyment
- Practice gratitude at a family meal - simply noting one thing we are thankful about helps induce positive emotions
- Join together daily in a quiet, focused breathing exercise - together take three deliberate deep breaths to bring calm and reduce stress
- At the end of the day, ask your child to share one or more things that went well today - this helps foster a positive mindset
We hope that you will continue to engage your child in these SEL lessons at home. We believe MindUp’s strategies and methods are great tools to help our children understand and identify their emotions.
Don’t forget to mark your calendars!
Tuesday, October 6th- Individual Picture Day
Monday, October 12th and Tuesday, October 13th- Fall Break (No School)
Head of K-6