There has been a lot of stress here in this household with the fear of the coronavirus and the uncertainty of how long we will be quarantined, so G has requested a coping skills curriculum. Day One, we reviewed all of our favorite breathing exercises.
Here are our top 8:
You can download these breathing cards for free HERE
We practiced each of these and then shared which were our favorite. We talked about what would be a safe space in the house for each of them to use to calm down. They each picked a spot, G her room, C the recycling closet 😉 I had them go to their space to practice their favorite breath.
To make it more individualized, for our Day Two curriculum, I folded a piece of paper into 4’s and had them draw their top breaths they remembered from the day before. I was really happy to see that they did remember them and could show me how to do them.
As they remembered their favorites, I had them draw a picture for each.
Then the cut them out and taped them up in their safe space!
I hope some of these breaths might work for your kiddos! This is an important time to help them feel safe and calm and breathing might just be that tool!