It is that time where we are at the end of one year, and the beginning of another. For children and adults, our minds fill with worry and anticipation of what lies ahead beyond… all that the new year will bring us, both known and unknown.
What is known for a child is often what is familiar, their daily routines and things that are familiar for them: how and where they study and relax. Often a change in these routines, like the start of a new year and talk of new goals, brings anxiety. Picture a wave rushing over you that instantly beckons the tells of worry: sweaty palms, the hair on the back of your neck standing up and your stomach twisting and turning. We cannot change what we do not know, but we can adjust on how we react.
But we think about R-E-A-C-T differently in my first grade classroom.
R= recognizing why your upset
E = identifying your emotional response to the issue
A= actively check out on thinking about it ( we use yoga in my room)
C= what or how will you change
T= take charge of how you can make it better
Because at the end of every day, how we REACT to change makes all the difference, both good and bad.