Training: Calmers and Energizers


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Training: Calmers and Energizers

  1. 1. Calmers & Energizers<br />The Reading Connection<br />Energizers! 88 Quick Movement Activities that Refresh and Refocus<br />by Susan LattanziRoser<br />
  2. 2. Bananas…Unite!<br />Peel Bananas, peel-peel bananas (x2)<br />Peel to the left<br />Peel to the right<br />Peel down the middle<br />And chomp! Take a bite<br />Chomp, chomp! Take a bite<br />Go bananas, go-go bananas! (x2)<br />Video of Go Bananas:<br />Go Bananas!<br />
  3. 3. Leader<br />Dum Dum (Clap thighs)<br />DahDah(Clap hands)<br /><ul><li>Group</li></ul>Dum Dum (Clap thighs)<br />DahDah(Clap hands)<br /><ul><li>Possible Movements</li></ul>Touch toes, reach left/right, reach front/back, nod head, snap fingers, march, jump, arm circles, reach up<br />Ending: whisper words and finish with shhshhshhshh<br />Video of Dum-Dum-Dah-Dah:<br />Dum Dum DahDah<br />
  4. 4. I’m walking, I’m walking, I’m walking<br />Now I’m still<br />I’m jumping, I’m jumping, I’m jumping<br />Now I’m still<br />Tips:<br />Practice what it looks like to be “still”<br />Remind kids that they’re to maintain their personal space and not bump into others<br />Now I’m Still<br />
  5. 5. Each time “1-2-3 calm down me” gets quieter. In the last 2 verses, the kids can say “calm down me.”<br />1-2-3 calm down me: run hands from the top of the head down the side of the head or face<br />1-2-3 calm down me: run hands from shoulders down arms to fingers -- opposite hands<br />1-2-3 calm down me: run hands from shoulders down chests and tummies<br />1-2-3 calm down me: run hands from hips down legs to feet -- opposite hands on legs <br />Then have the kids sit down.<br /> From Arika Van Brunt, Center for Alexandria’s Children<br />1-2-3, Calm Down Me<br />
  6. 6. Activities, Themes and Books<br />Tailoring Your Read-Aloud to meet the needs of children under stress<br />
  7. 7. Involve several senses, not just vision and hearing: Bring things to touch, smell or taste.<br />Include humor, fun, excitement or comfort: Silly is good.<br />Relate to the children’s interests: sports, dancing, cooking, strange or unusual things, pirates, mysteries, popular news, or games. Ask you kids about their interests!<br />Encourage movement: Act out stories, play games, dance, build things. <br />Allow kids to practice communicating in a pro-social way: Make time for conversation and expression of ideas and opinions.<br />Activities that reduce stress and strengthen connections<br />
  8. 8. Explore cause and effect: What happens next? Why did that happen?<br />Allow kids to explore empathy and perspective-taking: How would it feel if?<br />Explore persistence<br />Explore feelings<br />Topics that are of high interest to the kids<br />Themes that support children under stress<br />
  9. 9. Books that support kids under stress<br />Explore a range of emotions<br />Feature characters with diverse ethnicities and backgrounds<br />The Brown Bookshelf:<br />Anita Silvey’s multicultural list:<br />WETA’sColorinColorado:<br /><br />Winners of the Coretta Scott King Award:<br />
  10. 10. Books that show kids solving problems on their own<br />Picture Books<br />Novels<br />
  11. 11. Volunteer Techniques <br />Ways you can help kids at your Read-Aloud get the most out of their TRC experience<br />
  12. 12. Use TRC’s Promises<br />From the experts:<br />Start with only a few rules.<br />Be sure you know why you are saying no.<br />Give your kids a voice.<br />When setting limits, use the language of choices.<br />Always be consistent.<br />How do you/could you use them at your site?<br />
  13. 13. More techniques<br />Volunteers <br />Experts say this helps foster<br />Come prepared to lead with confidence<br />Talk to the kids on their eye level and one-on-one<br />Use nametags and call the kids by name <br />Only adults read aloud to the group <br />Reduced anxiety from adults<br />Attachment, creating a safe environment, recognition<br />Attachment, recognition<br />Reduced anxiety from adults, creating a safe environment, security<br />
  14. 14. A brain under stress makes unconscious responses.<br />Telling a child under stress what TO DO will be more effective than telling them what NOT TO DO:<br />“Don’t Run” versus “Please Walk”<br />The stressed brain hears “run”<br />Give kids positive direction for best results.<br />Use Positive Statements<br />
  15. 15. Follow this link to find handouts for the material covered in this presentation:<br /><br />Related Handouts<br />
  16. 16. Stephanie Berman<br />703.528.8317 ext. 10<br /><br />Questions or Comments<br />