Health and Wellness

With school out and Governor Baker’s stay-at-home advisory in effect, we know Salem’s families face increased challenges on the home front. While our staff and teachers have been working hard to meet your children’s educational needs, you’ve been working hard to make sure they’re happy and healthy while keeping up with your own obligations under unfamiliar and changing conditions. To help guide you as you move forward through the next weeks, we’ve pulled together a list of wellness resources addressing physical, social-emotional, and mental health.

Planning Family Media time   English and Spanish
American Pediatric Association Article on how and why a media plan is a good idea

Grades PreK-5 Wellness Resources

HEALTH

Physical Health (Movement Activities, Social Distancing Practices, and Children, Nutritional Health, Sleep)

 Movement Activities

Social Distancing Practices and Children

Nutritional Health

Sleep

Social-Emotional

Gratitude (SEL Competency Social Awareness)

Goal setting (SEL Competencies Self-Management/ Responsible Decision Making)

  • Do – A downloadable app to create simple to-do lists
  • Small talk goals – youtube video of kids with goals

Being social (SEL Competency Relationship Skills)

Managing stress  (SEL Competencies Self-Management/ Self Awareness)

  • Muscle relaxation – youtube video-guided progressive muscle relaxation
  • Kidzen – relaxing youtube music video and animated scenes
  • Stories.audible.com – downloadable app to listen to free stories (all ages)

Mental Health

  • Coping Skills for dealing with Coronavirus with many activities for managing Anxiety with children
  • Managing Anxiety Action Plan
  • Calm a LLama Scavenger Hunt
  • Coping Skills poster
  • Small Talk family discussion cards English and Spanish
  • Coping Strategies at home
  • Self-Esteem Journal English and Spanish
  • Mindfulness Exercises for Children EnglishSpanish, Portuguese
  • Deep Breathing– Exercise to do with your child to reduce stress
  • Coloring a Mandala is a great way to relieve stress- free printables
  • Don’t Feed the Worry Bug– This is a read-aloud of a children’s book about general worry.  It acknowledges that worry happens but it (“the worry bug” in this story) can grow if you “feed” it.  It is a good conversation starter that can allow adults to share their worry experiences and ways they have found to not “feed” their worries.
  • Listening to My Body– It teaches about how to connect sensations in our body to our feelings.  It also gives examples of many calming strategies. Learning to notice our body’s reactions help us better understand our feelings
  • Blowfish Breathing Video-It’s always good to teach kids to start by taking a few deep breaths when they notice they are experiencing a big feeling and before they act.  This cartoon blowfish goes up and down and expands and contracts as kids take in nice slow breaths. A great practice to make a regular habit.

Grade 6-12 Wellness Resources

Health 

Screen time recommendations

Movement Activities

Social Distancing Practices and Older Children

Nutritional Health

Sleep

Social-Emotional Health

Gratitude (SEL Competency Social Awareness)

Goal setting (SEL Competencies Self-Management/ Responsible Decision Making)

  • Streaks to-do list – a downloadable app that tracks positive behaviors
  • Do – a downloadable app that helps create simple to-do lists

Being social (SEL Competency Relationship Skills)

  • Viber – downloadable app to build community chat groups 
  • Free social apps – USA news video with info on 6 free apps

Managing stress  (SEL Competencies Self-Management/ Self Awareness)  

  • Mindful Schools– middle school video and site with additional resources
  • Colorfy – app for digital coloring and art games

Mental Health