Creating Balance in Children: Activities to Optimize Learning and Behavior: A Guide for Teachers and Parents of Children Ages 5 to 14

Creating Balance in Children: Activities to Optimize Learning and Behavior: A Guide for Teachers and Parents of Children Ages 5 to 14

by Lorraine O. Moore

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Overview

Educate the whole child with over one hundred activities that promote physical, cognitive, and emotional/social balance in children!

This insightful resource helps educators, parents, and childcare providers discover how emotions affect learning and behavior, recognize the symptoms and sources of imbalance, and promote students' physical, mental, emotional, and social development. Students and teachers will learn more about the body-mind-heart connection, the importance of nutrition, and options for correcting and preventing imbalance with over one-hundred activities.

Using the author's flexible guidelines, teachers can help children develop attributes such as kindness and courage, love and joy, and a sense of meaning and interconnectedness. Creating Balance in Children: Activities to Optimize Learning and Behavior takes the lessons learned from Creating Balance in Children’s Lives and transforms them into easy-to-use activities for use in the home and the classroom.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781510736931
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Lorraine O. Moore has taught at the elementary and middle school levels, was a counselor in a middle school and high school, and was a school psychologist at all levels in both public and private schools. She earned her doctorate in educational psychology.

Table of Contents

Dedication vi

The Purpose of This Book vi

Section 1 The Meaning of Balance 1

Activity 1 What Is Balance? 2

Activity 2 The Wheel of Balance 3

* Activity 3 Creating Balance Journals Adding to Balance Journals 5

Activity 4 Learning About Balance Through Self-Care 6

Activity 5 Stoplight Self-Assessment 7

Activity 6 Options for Balancing 9

Activity 7 Cooperative Learning About Balance 11

Section 2 Achieving Balance Through Meeting the Needs of the Body, Mind, and Heart 13

Activity 8 Body, Mind, and Heart 14

Activity 9 Our Five Senses as Gateways to the World 16

Activity 10 Stop, Look, and Listen 18

* Activity 11 Five-Minute Version of Stop, Look, Listen 19

** Activity 12 The Eyes Have It! 20

** Activity 13 Creating a Sound Collage 22

Activity 14 Breathing for Balance 24

* Activity 15 Stop, Breathe, Two, Three 26

** Activity 16 Drinking Water as a Habit 27

Activity 17 The Many Colors of Healthy Food 29

Activity 18 Food-O! Game 32

Activity 19 What's for Breakfast? 34

** Activity 20 Sleeping for Balance 36

** Activity 21 Moving Like the Animals 38

** Activity 22 Moving for Balance 40

Activity 23 Keep an Exercise Journal-and Get Moving! 42

Activity 24 Creating a Positive Learning Experience 44

* Activity 25 Five-Minute Mind Teaser 46

Activity 26 My Amazing Brain 47

Activity 27 Brainstorming for Balance 49

Activity 28 Mind Mapping, A Balanced Way to Organize Ideas 51

Activity 29 Step-by-Step Problem Solving 53

Activity 30 The Energy of Words 55

Activity 31 Mind and Matter: An Experiment 57

** Activity 32 Words Can Be Our Friends 58

Activity 33 Creating Sculpture Collages 61

Activity 34 Making Friends with a Brush 62

* Activity 35 What I Like About Myself 64

Activity 36 How Feelings Affect Us 65

Activity 37 Sharing, Talking About, and Dealing with Feelings 67

Activity 38 Recognizing and Changing Feelings 69

Activity 39 The Tapping Game **After it is learned 71

Activity 40 How Colors Make Us Feel 74

* Activity 41 What Colors Do I Wear? 75

Activity 42 Feelings in Animals and People 76

** Activity 43 Expanding Empathy 78

** Activity 44 Reading Facial Clues 80

** Activity 45 Mirroring Body Language 82

** Activity 46 Making Emotional Connections 84

Activity 47 Creating a Peace Place 86

Activity 48 Resolving Conflicts Peacefully 88

Activity 49 Resolving Conflicts with POOF! 90

Activity 50 Creating Personal Peace Journals * Adding to Peace Journals 92

Activity 51 Creating a Group Peace Journal *Adding to Group Peace Journal 94

Activity 52 Creating Talking Sticks 95

* Activity 53 Counting Thoughts, Calming Down 97

* Activity 54 Labyrinth Adventure 98

* Activity 55 Make Like a Tree and Ground Yourself 99

Activity 56 Creating a Friendship Space 100

Activity 57 Creating a Quiet Space 102

Section 3 Nourishing the Spirit 105

Activity 58 Being in Nature 106

* Activity 59 Patterns in a Fingerprint 108

Activity 60 Purposeful Patterns in Nature 109

Activity 61 Nature-Inspired Designs 110

Activity 62 Color Hunt 111

* Activity 63 Trees Are Our Friends; Are We Their Friends? 113

Activity 64 Exploring the Natural Elements Shared by Humans and Planet Earth 115

Activity 65 Sharing Research on the Natural Elements 117

Activity 66 Using the Natural Elements 118

Activity 67 Exploring Natural Elements Through Imagery, Symbolism, and Movement 120

Activity 68 Exploring Natural Elements Through Art 122

Activity 69 Exploring Natural Elements: Interdependence and Caring 124

Activity 70 Animals as Teachers 126

Activity 71 Experiencing Music Inspired by Nature 128

* Activity 72 Taking a Moment to Feel Love 130

* Activity 73 Tuning In to Your Talents 131

** Activity 74 What a Joke! 133

Activity 75 Courage and Caring 134

Appendix 137

Activity 1 Balance and Me 138

Activity 2 The Wheel of Balance 139

Activity 3 Self-Care of My Body 141

Activity 4 Self-Care of My Heart 142

Activity 5 Self-Care of My Mind 143

Activity 6 Self-Care of My Spirit 144

Activity 7 Resources for Cooperative Learning About Balance 145

Activity 8 Food Colors Bar Graph 147

Activity 9 Food-O! Game 148

Activity 10 "What's for Breakfast?" Chart 155

Activity 11 Creating a Positive Learning Experience 157

Activity 12 Five-Minute Mind Teaser 158

Activity 13 Guidelines for Brainstorming 159

Activity 14 Mind Maps 160

Activity 15 "My Feelings Are Important" Chart 162

Activity 16 Tapping Game Guide 164

Activity 17 Making Emotional Connections 169

Activity 18 Labyrinth Adventure 171

Activity 19 Guidelines for Creating a Friendship Space 172

Activity 20 Guidelines for Creating a Quiet Space 175

Activity 21 What I Learned About the Natural Elements of Planet Earth 178

Resources 179

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