Winsome B2S Resources

Today was our first day of school; what fun I had volunteering as a hallway monitor and welcoming new-to-district students, helping them find where they were going. And tonight, I'm thinking about the word winsome, because somebody used that word to describe me recently.

Full disclosure, I had to look it up because it's not a word I hear a lot.
And it made me smile to think someone sees me like that.

So I've worked with intention to gather some winsome resources
that might help you find your winsome smile as you go back to school.

Do you know about Stick Together puzzles?

I saw a teacher putting one of these up on her white board, so I popped in to inquire about it. She said that the kids LOVED these last year and couldn't wait for the next one once once was completed. So it's basically like the old paint by numbers, but instead of numbers it's letters and instead of paint it's colored sticker squares. She lets her students who finish early come work on it, kind of like what I did with my magnetized Scrabble letters. Oh, how I wish I'd have had this in my room last year.

Next, I got a Move This World sample in my inbox. 

I mean, who doesn't LOVE a catchy SEL song, dance or both?
And free samples are always welcome with today's budget constraints.

Then there are these amazing Sensory Strips.

My 8th graders absolutely adore these little treasures. So I gave them out to staff members and guess what? Adults love them, too. Stick them back to back and hole punch to carry around on your key chain. Or stick them to your phone, your computer, a bag that you carry.

Attach a little note that reads:

If my brain needs a reset, these strips are my go-to for CALM to-go.

For your mindfulness bulletin board, get some sequin fabric or
a sequin canvas for the wall to meet those sensory needs.

Use a Color Me pillow to help kids color themselves calm.

Here's another winsome calming tool that kids gravitate toward.

I kept these Bubble Timers in the Peace Corner and my learners
would take them to their desks so they could breathe with the bubbles.

Then check out You're Finally Here for your B2S shelves.

It's so silly that your young students will be belly-laughing.

And, if you're allowed to have an essential oils diffuser,
consider adding this lighted one to freshen up your classroom.

Need a winsome movement activity to engage our older learners? 
Check out The Enemy and the Protector drama game.

This one is awesome because it's double-sided for two levels of play.

Finally, check out this colorfully-winsome song by my friend Shayna Rose.

Happy new {school} year, dear reader; which new-to-you 
resources are YOU looking forward to using this school year?

1 comment

  1. Loving the idea of sticking the sensory strips together and hanging them from a lanyard - CALM on the go! And Stick Together puzzles...I can see this being a great activity for de-escalation. So many wonderful, winsical resources to start the year - THANK YOU!!!


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