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3D LEARNING FOR FOCUS SKILLS

June 16, 2019

3D Learning FOR FOCUS SKILLS June 12, 2019 by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. Aka Grandma Boom According to PBS.org for parents, “Concentration is like a muscle that requires regular exercise to strengthen. Some kids are born “stronger” in this area than others, but all kids can learn strategies and engage in practices that help improve their…

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3D Earth Care Empathy

May 20, 2019

Published in Oregon Association for the Education of Young Children newsletter 3D Earth Care Empathy May 20, 2019 by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. Aka Grandma Boom “Do you like trash thrown on you?” The 3 to 5 year olds responded a resounding “NO!!” I had just put some (clean) recycled items such as envelope pieces, aluminum…

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Self Regulation for Kids: INNER STEERING WHEEL

March 21, 2019

https://www.oraeyc.org/single-post/2019/03/20/INNER-STEERING-WHEEL-SWITCHING-GEARS-FROM-TENSE-TO-CALM INNER STEERING WHEEL: SWITCHING GEARS FROM TENSE TO CALM March 20, 2019 by Janai Mestrovich, M.S. Aka Grandma Boom BZZZZZZZZ. Anyone peering into the preschool classroom might assume students were running amuck. Buzzing motor sounds filled the room. Children were laughing and happy pretending to be tense, fast moving cars. Their hands held an…

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Self Regulation Begins with Dogs: Tense Knots and Calm Socks

March 11, 2019

https://www.acesconnection.com/blog/self-regulation-begins-with-dogs-tense-knots-and-calm-socks (originally published on ORAEYC website/state newsletter) Self-Regulation Begins with Dogs, Tense Knots and Calm Socks  Originally posted to ORAEYC,  February 19, 2019 |Janai Mestrovich, M.S. We were all barking like dogs that were upset on all fours in the preK classroom. Then I used the Breathing Sphere to guide 20 preK children to take slow,…

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Empathy Provides Caring Connection

January 30, 2019

(Originally published on website of ORAEYC 1/29/19 – Oregon Association for Education of Young Children – where I blog monthly.) The 2 year old girl fell flat and began screaming. The 3 year old boy ran over to her, concerned and wanted to help. He gently demonstrated how to take slow deep breaths to feel…

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SELF REGULATION: SWITCHING GEARS FROM TENSE TO CALM WITH INNER STEERING WHEEL

November 15, 2018

25 kindergarten children ran around the gym like crazy tense cars with me after we made our paper plate INNER STEERING WHEELS to show Tension X’s and Calm smiley faces. When I signaled, we took deep belly button breaths to SWITCH GEARS from tense to calm. It is the foundation for self regulation. Earlier in…

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Self Talk Confidence in Preschoolers with Mind/Body/Emotional Awareness

November 7, 2018

CHEERLEADING FOR PRESCHOOLERS learning and practicing Superkid Power positive self talk Skills means having experiences so they KNOW for themselves. We drummed to the song about what we think impacts our feelings and bodies. WHEN I THINK I CAN’T, I FEEL I CAN’T! WHEN I THINK I CAN, I KNOW AND FEEL I CAN! AND…

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Self regulation skills bring Resiliency to Angry Preschool Boy

November 6, 2018

“Success stories are always a delight, witnessing young children practicing self regulation and being empowered. A teacher in a preschool class with 3 and 4 year olds where I teach Superkid Skills happily shared this story. “Two very active little boys were playing in the dramatic play area. Both saw a police officer uniform that…

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Meet “Grandma Boom” From ACES to Empowered Passion with Purpose

October 18, 2018

Meet “Grandma Boom” From ACES to Empowered Passion with Purpose

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Self Regulation and Calming when Others are Angry

October 1, 2018

Kindergarten children practicing self regulation skills and remaining calm in the midst of others being mean to them or arguing around them is one of the techniques I teach to EMPOWER SUPERKIDS. Their experiences are depicted in their wonderful artwork. They get to hear, see, feel a choreographed experience and then express their experiences on…

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ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Tools for Kids to Self-Regulate

October 1, 2018

Because a child’s brain develops 85% of its capacity by the age of 5, it is the optimal time to teach skills to manage stress. With the increase of ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) on the rise in our country, mental health is declining. Early prevention with self regulation and self help skills strengthens children mentally…

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Grudge Sacks Teach Young Children Forgiveness

October 1, 2018

Forgiveness can be abstract for young children. Teaching them not to carry a grudge is easily accomplished with GRUDGE SACKS….Imagine every time you carried a grudge and did not forgive that there was a big rock or a bag of rocks tied around your neck weighing you down. That is exactly what a grudge does…

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