Coming home from a rather stressful day working with my students, I was mulling over the prevalence of anxiety in my students. Then, later that evening I happened to notice a post that one of my teacher friends had shared and gave it a read. I often see different strategies for how to speak, and what to say to your anxious child. Some I can identify with, and some I cannot. However, I liked that this article not only gave 49 different ideas, but brief explanations as to why they may work for your own child or situation. I think too that some of these phrases would be very helpful to use for friends or family members!
I have included a screenshot below, but please click on the picture or link below to go to the article called "49 Phrases to Calm an Anxious Child" written by Renee Jain on the Positive Parents.org blog.
Four days ago, I was in the middle of a busy day. I usually have my phone's volume turned off when I'm working with students, but for some reason it was on that day. Anyhow, I heard the usual trill of an email coming in, and since my student had taken a bathroom break, decided to check the email. It was from a parent, who's daughter had been doing research on Shakespeare and found my blog post here that I had written last spring!!
I was so excited about this, that in my response to her email I asked if I could share their story here on my page. Thankfully they said yes!
Thank you Sara and ava!
I want to share a heartfelt thank-you to Sara and Ava who reached out to me. When I originally set up the blog portion of my website, my goal was to share what I discovered in hopes that it would at least help one person. Being a very small business, you don't often know if or how your online presence affects others. Now, because of their cheerful email, I know I've helped them and therefore it's all been worthwhile!
Also, Ava has decided to join her school's 6th grade play. So, from me here at Momentum Learning Centre, I wish her the best of luck (or 'break a leg') for the play. Perhaps, once their play is ready, I'll even be able to share an update with you all too!
I hope everyone was able to take some time to rest, relax and get refreshed for the new school year!
Fall is early this year, and I saw this picture on my morning's feed and thought that it was quite appropriate for the changes that always happen in our lives as school gets underway. All of a sudden we're hit with assignments, due dates, team sports starting, deadlines, new teachers and different expectations, as well as the general change of daylight and weather. It's hard to get everything completed that we feel has to be done!
Here's a little reminder that sometimes we just need to let some things go!
Graduation is always an accomplishment that should be celebrated. However, it is made even more special for me when I get to see "my kids" walk across that stage. Although I consider all of the students I work with "my kids" that are part of my big Momentum Family, I am not always able to work with a student through to grade 12. When I do work with students into their graduation year, I feel so privileged to be part of their growth and maturity. I hear about their wishes, wants and woes, and become a part of their life for this short time. It is these students who continuously re-affirm my purpose here at Momentum Learning Centre, and for that I am forever grateful!
A quote to remember that is applicable in all stops along the road of life, from my days as a 4 year old in Montessori Pre-school:
I can do anything, even if I need help!
Every season I like to change the display outside my office door. I was sad to take down my summer bumblebees, but this is a good replacement! Good thing I won't have to rake up these leaves!