Thursday, 28 January 2021

Children's Mental Health Week. February 1st - 7th.

 This year's theme is Express Yourself.

Your children's teachers will be doing activities next week around this, whether they are in school or on Google Classroom. 

One of these with be encouraging your child to 'Dress to Express' on Friday (unless they have PE in school). Their teacher will tell them more. They can express themselves through their clothes, hair, accessories etc. They could wear their favourite colour or choose a range of colours that express how they’re feeling. In the lesson on Friday, if they want to, they can explain how their outfit represents them.

What can you all do at home?

Draw your feelings You could share one of these with your class, or email to school for the blog.

The Squiggle Game

Place2Be have some ideas for parents/ carers.

"Here are a few simple ways you can encourage your child to express themselves.

1) Could you build on existing interests or passions? Think about what has helped them get through the past year. A love of dancing? Baking? Drawing? Fashion? Encourage your child by noticing their unique interests and praising their efforts.

2) Trying new things can be a great way to find a new creative outlet. There are lots of online tutorials and video demos that you and your child could be inspired by... could you try out something new together? Or perhaps ask someone you know to share their creative hobbies and give them a go.

3) Some children may not think of themselves as being creative. Try to focus on the importance of the process and the way it can make them feel, rather than the end result. Try not to judge their efforts and remember to give encouragement for trying rather than for doing something well.

4) Listening carefully can help children feel more comfortable and confident when expressing themselves. Try to minimise distractions and give your child your full attention when you’re spending time together, being aware of your own body language and eye contact. You might want to try summarising what they’ve shared and acknowledging their feelings.

5) Children are expressing themselves all the time but not necessarily with words. ‘Listen’ to everything they are trying to tell you with their behaviour, or with their play and creativity or with their silence. It’s all self-expression.

6) Remember – you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment to get creative at home. Recyclable materials or older items you no longer have a use for can provide amazing inspiration, and of course there’s no limit to your imagination!

Let your child know that if they are worried about something, they should always talk to an adult they trust. It could be you, someone in your family, a teacher or someone else in their school."

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