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Overview of Kid Connection

  • In Kid Connection, students learn social emotional skills that support their meaningful participation in the classroom, on the playground, and in their lives outside of school. During the school dismissal period Miss Kat, our Kid Connection Specialist, will be offering a series of brief, 5-minute videos that all of our students and families can use to learn and practice social emotional skills at home.



Kid Connection Skills Streaming Videos


Parent Tips for Video: Expressing Your Emotions

    • The first step in expressing your emotions is to understand and label how you feel.  Encourage your child to take a deep breath and think about how he/she is feeling.  What is your child’s facial expression, tone of voice and body language communicating?
    • Have your child label his/her feeling, “I feel ________.”  
    • Talk with your child about healthy ways to express emotions (Talk about how he/she is feeling, draw a picture or write in a journal about how he/she is feeling, take a break, do some deep breathing, get some exercise, get involved in an activity).  Model healthy ways of expressing emotions.
    • Remind your child that there aren’t “bad” emotions.  Everyone feels angry or sad at times.  We can learn healthy ways to express our feelings.  Provide positive feedback when your child expresses emotions in a healthy way.



Kid Connection Skills Streaming Videos


Parent Tips for Video: Dealing with Anger

    • Explain to your child that anger is a natural emotion that everyone feels at times.
    • Talk with your child about times you have felt angry (don’t do this when you ARE feeling angry).  
    • Help your child to identify times he/she has felt angry.  How did his/her body feel?  
    • Brainstorm strategies your child can use when feeling angry (count to 10, breathe deeply, label his/her emotion, walk away, draw a picture, write in a journal).



Archived Videos and Tips

LVJUSD Link to Mental Health

Additional Resources for Social Emotional Learning

  • A kids' book about COVID-19: Rainbows in Windows

    An informative and comforting book about COVID-19 has been shared with our staff.  Rainbows in windows: a book about big imaginations, big feelings and sheltering in place during a pandemic was written by Arianna Schioldager, edited by Evelyn Rusli and illustrated by Karo Oh. Presented by Yumi.  Mrs. Simons has created a read aloud of this book to share with the Sunset Community.

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  • Things I Can Control Chart & Worksheet

    Mrs. Borjon posted a lesson from Growful Mindset about things we can control in our environment and things we can't. She received positive feedback on how this chart was helpful to parents and students.

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  • Visual Breathing

    Two Sunset support staff members, Kelly Mackey and Caroline Doidge, suggest calming ourselves using a technique called visual breathing. "Essentially, it is a way to visualize breathing and begin to calm the mind and body."

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  • Grounding Exercise

    And to help with refocusing, two Sunset support staff members, Kelly Mackey and Caroline Doidge, suggest trying a Grounding Exercise which can 1) be used to help regain emotional regulation when student is upset/tantruming, 2) be used to help refocus a student who is off task/regain compliance and 3) be used as a fun break activity in between academics.

    This technique can be used with a student who is emotionally dysregulated to help them regain emotional regulation.  The parent can in a calm slow voice say "5 things that I see are....." and model for the student how to do it....then engage the student and see if they will participate.   This can help to shift their focus and interrupt the tantrum. Even if they don't participate at first, parent to continue to model and see if the student will engage along the way.  
    This can also be used for students who are unfocused or having difficulty keeping a calm body.  It can be used to help them refocus and regain compliance when they are off task. Ask them to do this activity with parent and then immediately after ask them to do the academic work.  It's called behavior momentum....when you get someone answering simple questions to start with they are then more likely to answer/perform difficult questions/ tasks immediately after.
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