Eanes ISD

COVID-19: Student & Family Wellness

We know this may be a stressful time for students and families as spring break plans may have changed and routines are being disrupted. As we prepare for the upcoming school closure, the Eanes ISD Counseling Services department has compiled a list of resources for families to utilize during this time. Students, and adults, may also notice an increase in their screen time. It is important to remember to take breaks and be physically active throughout the day.
 

Talking to Kids About COVID-19

COVID-19 Guide for Parents & Caregivers - Includes ways to help children cope by age group
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Talking to Children About COVID-19
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)

Just for Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
NPR

 

Resources for Emotional Health and Well-Being

Recognizing warning signs of psychological distress in adults and children
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Health and well-being resources related to COVID-19
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Self-care for the Caregiver
Harvard Health Blog

Mind Yeti®: Fifteen mindfulness program sessions are now available for anyone to use, no experience necessary! Designed for educators and families to do alongside children, or for older children to do on their own, Mind Yeti provides a great way for everyone to practice mindfulness during this difficult time.


Second Step: To have online access to the Second Step program, please go to www.secondstep.org  and “Create Account”. Use the appropriate activation key for the grade level of your student listed below. You will have access to videos, songs, skills practice and more.

  • Preschool - SSPEFAMILY68
  • Kindergarten - SSPKFAMILY70
  • Grade 1 - SSP1FAMILY71
  • Grade 2 - SSP2FAMILY72
  • Grade 3 - SSP3FAMILY73
  • Grade 4 - SSP4FAMILY74
  • Grade 5 - SSP5FAMILY75

 

At-Home Brain Breaks

5-minute Break

  • GoNoodle videos on Youtube
  • Jump rope
  • Play-Doh sculptures
  • Color a picture
  • Dance party to your favorite song
  • Sing your favorite song and make up silly dance moves
  • Kid’s yoga YouTube video
  • Do five different exercises for one minute
  • Build a paper airplane and fly it down the hall or outside
  • Look at your favorite picture book

15-minute Break

  •  Sidewalk chalk
  • Watercolor painting
  • Play outside
  • Ride a bike
  • Play hide and seek with your sibling
  • Build a LEGO sculpture
  • Read your favorite book
  • Fly a kite
  • Take pictures of nature in your front and backyard
  • Take turns telling silly jokes with your family

30-minute Break

  • Play outside
  • Bake a sweet treat with an adult
  • Play with your favorite toys
  • Make a fort out of sheets and pillows
  • Play a card game
  • Play a board game
  • Create and complete a nature scavenger hunt
  • Make a craft from recycled materials
  • Make an obstacle course with simple toys and complete it
  • Play dress up