School is starting!! For teachers to get the school year off to a great start, their focus needs to be FIRST on creating the connection and fun of summer camp in their classrooms. Kids will learn and grow only if they feel connected and loved. Share this post with the teachers in your life, because they don't teach connections skills in most teacher education programs. Link to post in profile: 10 Fun Ways Teachers Can Help Kids Connect with Other Kids. . . . . . https://buff.ly/2MlPCD7 #teaching #connection #relationships #teachertips #summercamp
Part of the “magic” of camp is that from the first moment, we focus on building relationships and getting our cabin groups connected. We train our counselors to help kids develop social skills so they can form friendships and feel a bond with their peers. The minute kids arrive at camp (or get on the bus to go to camp), counselors help them get to know each other. Friendships form quickly and kids feel comfortable together. With this comfort level, kids are then open to challenging themselves and taking risks in front of each other. And that’s when they grow. The connections create an environment where kids can learn the social and recreational skills camp offers. With five kids of my own having started numerous classes, sports, and clubs over the years, I’m amazed at how the majority of the time, the teacher, coach, or leader just jumps straight into the content. Teachers go over the syllabus, coaches start a drill, club leaders launch into rules. By skipping over the connection piece, the kids are left, most likely, feeling more concerned about who their friends are going to be than what’s going on in the class, team, or club. When I have seen this with my own children, I have sat back on the sidelines wondering, “Can you at least have the kids introduce themselves, so they know who they’re passing the ball to?” But I have never wanted to be THAT obnoxious parent who’s always back-seat coaching, so I kept quiet. But I wrote about it in this post, which I hope you'll share with the teachers in your life. Link in profile to 10 Ways to Create a Happy & Connected Class. . . . . . . . . . https://buff.ly/2L9jXBp #teaching #teachers #games #cakehour #danishway
“We won’t be distracted by comparison if we are captivated by purpose.” Bob Goff
Have I mentioned lately how much I love chatting with thought leaders in the areas of parenting & kids’ development? If you haven’t checked out my podcast (Sunshine Parenting), please give it a try! Next week’s episode (Episode 50!) features @kjda KJ Dell’Antonia talking about her book How to be a Happier Parent (see all my sticky notes of important points?).I just listened to our interview again, and it’s so good. Pre-order her book now for some fun bonuses! Link to subscribe to podcast in profile. New episodes are released every Friday morning! . . . https://www.blubrry.com/sunshineparenting/ #parenting #parentingtips #howtobeahappierparent #kjdellantonia
Chatting about kids’ social-emotional health with Michelle Kinder of the Momentous Institute. Looking forward to attending the Changing the Odds conference at the end of September! Link in profile to Ep. 49: Changing the Odds with Michelle Kinder. . . . . . . . https://buff.ly/2vYhRNP #socialemotionallearning #sel #momentousinstitute #changingtheodds #michellekinder #parenting #parentingtips
It was well worth getting up early & hiking up 1300 feet to see this morning view of Huntington Lake!
This is a great month to take some time to reflect on how things are going. One of the things that has come up in a lot of my conversations with campers this summer, especially with the older kids, is that one of the things they love about camp is the chance to have a break from the really busy schedule and the stresses that come along with school, sports, and all the other things they have going on. It’s struck me that our kids are feeling the same way many adults are — that life is too fast-paced, we’re expected to be available and working all the time, and we don’t have enough space to rest and reflect. Kids are feeling the same thing that we are, which is that our pace and lifestyle are overwhelming and exhausting. There’s just too much going on, and we really need to build in more breaks, more time for rest and relaxation. That’s one of the things that the kids say they get at camp – time to rest and think. They have time to step back from their day to day life and reflect on what are they really enjoying most in life, what’s going well for them, and what they want to change. Read more of my post More of, Less of, Same of (MO, LO, SO) & download PDF to use for your brainstorm - Link in profile! . . . . . . . https://buff.ly/2M7XLef #parenting #parentingtip #greatparents
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