This week, we have been continuing our work on problem solving. Over the last couple of lessons, we have been working to understand the difference between expected and unexpected behaviors. We learned that no matter what, all of us experience unexpected things, or problems, from time to time. Therefore, learning strategies to solve these problems becomes especially important.
Often, when something unexpected happens, it can make us feel sad, angry, upset, or frustrated. However, it is incredibly difficult to effectively solve a problem if we are upset. In order to best solve the problem, first we need to calm our body down.
In this lesson, we learned and practiced two strategies to calm our body. These are:
- Take 3 deep breaths
- Count slowly to 10
Each student had a chance to practice both strategies and chose one to try over the next couple of weeks. If you have a moment, ask your child to show you the one they chose. And when something unexpected happens that makes them upset at home, encourage them to use the strategy to calm their body before trying to solve the problem.
Thank you for your help.
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