Day 36 (of 186) re Taming the Worry Dragon
I’ve been sneaking away from my class while they are in music and joining a Grade 2 Classroom. I had heard that there was some noticeable anxiety with the classroom so I offered to introduce one of my favourite picture-book styled Intervention: Taming the Worry Dragon https://www.amazon.ca/gp/aw/d/1591473144/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509216305&sr=8-1&pi=AC_SX236_SY340_QL65&keywords=taming+worry+dragons&dpPl=1&dpID=51kmpp5bl5L&ref=plSrch
I appreciate how it brings a few key concepts around anxiety (but expands easily into other discussions around mental wellness).
I firmly believe that the more frequently and comfortably we talk about mental health the easier it will be to ask specific questions (this will be a common theme of mine in #Movember) and I am happy to start the conversation (appropriate for the age) in primary learning years – mindful that skills needed by anxious learners benefits all, which means it is very inclusionar – which means it meets my “what would @tweetsomemoore do” reflection question.
I particularly appreciate how the book admits that worries are okay (anxiety keeps us safe!) but too much attention focused on them makes them grow too big – and a connection to tomatoes is fun because I get to share that I hate tomatoes (so much so that I used to sell the tomato plants my dad grew the way other kids sell lemonade!) but I do like what tomatoes provide like ketchup soup and sauce – but I want to keep things under control because nobody wants so many tomatoes (worries) that they are everywhere – tomato cookies anyone?
I’m glad I’ve been able to bring this resource to more students and share that we can have fun while dealing with what can become a serious topic. If you haven’t heard of it, check it out – it compliments and connects nicely with other programs like Friends For Life (more on that later)!