For my mini grant I created "Peace Kits" for every classroom. Each Peace Kit comes with several calming tools in them for students to use to help self regulate in the classroom. I bought a bundle of sensory items off Amazon, mini sachets of lavender, coloring journals, colored pencils, timers small totes to put the items in and also a kit from Teachers Pay Teachers to include in each box. The kit from TPT had a feelings page, coping tools, positive affirmations and pictures of animals, which are called "feel good pictures", a picture of a breathing board and the label on the actual tote. I purchased this small kit as well, made copies, laminated everything, cut each thing out and put a three ring holder to hold the resources together. I visited each classroom to talk about feelings and coping strategies. I showed the kit to the students and talked about how to use each item putting a preference on inappropriate vs. appropriate usage. The kids and teachers have all had success with the Peace Kits. We have a lot of kiddos who struggle with self-regulation in our building and a lot of these kiddos use the kits pretty frequently.
Thank you to INSSWA for the grant that allowed me to purchase supplies for the Fall Family Kick-Off Event at Kokomo Schools Head Start Program. Program objectives included: 1) increasing family well-being; 2) building positive parent-child relationships; and 3) allowing families to engage in learning a positive strategy for behavior in the home. A total of 39 families received supplies to start their Home Bucketfilling Project. Parents and their children enjoyed an evening of fun decorating buckets and learning how to use the bucketfiller coupons at home to reinforce positive behavior. Families received the book “Fill a Bucket- A Children’s Guide to Daily Happiness”, “Bucketfilling from A to Z Coloring Book”, crayons, stickers, and handouts with specific instructions on implementing their “Family Bucketfilling Project”. Surveys completed by adults at the end of the evening were very positive about having all of the resources and being prepared to start their projects at home. Follow-up post training surveys will be sent home in 2 weeks to see how parents are doing using the tools they have received.
Sheryl Eastes LCSW, LSSW
KSC Head Start Program