Helping Kids Cope with Big Feelings: Spotlight on Spirituality for Kids International

Guest Blogger, Genevieve Lowry 

As children return to school in the fall they may be experiencing more than just the first day of school jitters. Social isolation, institutional strain, and economic hardship have contributed to increased mental health challenges among children and adolescents.  After a year of changing school environments and routines, isolation, loss, and uncertainty children will require time and space to recover and relearn to trust not only in the systems and adults who care for them but also in themselves. Children will need opportunities that build confidence and self-esteem lost to a year of unprecedented challenges that have left them unsure of their own light that shines from within. 

Spirituality for Kids International Inc. (SFK) is an educational non-profit that builds social-emotional learning (SEL). SEL content and programs equip children with the tools to adapt, grow and learn the life skills needed to face adversity and challenges. After a year like no other children need opportunities to explore interests, identify strengths, and tap into the support that will help them to feel safe again. Through evidenced and asset-based curriculum, videos, and hands-on activities, SFK teaches children viable ways to tap into their inner strengths and see their true potential. Using a unique and immersive learning experience, SFK strives to support children and those who care for them in home, school, and community settings by strengthening relationships, developing self-awareness, and teaching tools for responsible decision making. 

Over the past two years, I have had the opportunity to work with the team at SFK reviewing materials and videos that help children trust in themselves, learn to recognize their own gifts, and identify helpers who encourage children to become all they can be. I have found them to be innovative thinkers and always open to fresh ideas. Their new short-form video series is no exception. SFK wants to know what parents, caregivers, and professionals think about their videos and accompanying materials. They are requesting you watch the following videos and answer a short survey in hopes to acquire data that will help the organization to know if they are hitting their mark

A shooting Star

This is an inspiring small story about big feelings and a loss of a loved one. And how to find the power within to overcome, stay true to yourself, and find inspiration.

The concepts in this lesson covered in the video and activities are:

  • Loss of a loved one
  • Managing big feelings
  • The Light is always present
  • What others say or do is not in our control
  • Being my true self

Click Here for the Shooting Star Activities: PDF

Take the Survey and let us know what you think.

Learn more at SFK.org and follow on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

 

How to Support Your Child’s Education After The Pandemic: Luminous Minds, Spotlight and Giveaway

In 2013, the U.S. Department of Education released an alarming report stating that only 35% of students entering 4th grade were reading at or above grade level.  Fast forward to the most recent data (2019) released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), and this percentage remains the same. 

This means that 65% of elementary students are reading below grade level by the time they begin 4th grade and that we, as a nation, have made no progress in improving this percentage for our 4th grade scholars. Couple this data with the COVID-19 pandemic which left many children (and parents) on their own to “figure out” how to navigate through all the challenges and hiccups of virtual learning one must ask, “Who is out there seeking solutions to support our children?”

Meet CEO/Founder/Teacher: Chandra Roughton 

Meet Chandra (Ms. Chandra), a master educator with an extensive career in education. Chandra is well known for always putting her students first and never being afraid to speak up (or speak out) for what is best for kids.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Chandra constructed an entire in-home classroom recording studio and created a website that serves as a virtual learning platform to support children in developing critical early literacy skills. At Luminous Minds (LMI), parents and educators can access a variety of instructional videos, worksheets, activities, games, and resources all with a focus on teaching young children how to read.

This isn’t your typical virtual learning platform. All of Ms. Chandra’s instructional videos not only contain high academic rigor; they promote a growth mindset, use brain-based research on how children learn, include multi-sensory learning to reach all types of learners, AND prove just how FUN learning can be.  

The worksheets and activities found in the Shop are high-quality, aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), and incorporate the five key elements of the Science of Reading. The website provides a one-stop shop for parents looking to do more with their children at home, or for educators to quickly access high-quality materials that they can use immediately in their classroom.

To learn more about this incredible story and evolution of Luminous Minds, you can head to the Luminous Minds YouTube Channel and check out their documentary While you’re there, don’t forget to watch some of the engaging video clips, cheers, and Sight Word Songs!

Subscribe Today 

The LMI team strongly believes in closing achievement gaps, now ever so widened by the COVID-19.  They’ve made their monthly membership affordable so that all families (and scholars!) can access their learning materials. For as little as $14.99 a month, you and your family get complete, unlimited access to EVERYTHING on the website. There is also a handful of freebies for you to assess the quality of their materials. The best part? New materials are uploaded every month. It’s almost like having a Netflix account for literacy materials!

Giveaway

To celebrate this innovative virtual learning platform, we’re giving away 5 free one-month memberships. With your membership you will have unlimited access to all instructional videos, worksheets, activities, and more!

Choose one or more ways to enter:

  1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and (leave a comment below when done).
  2. YouTube: Subscribe to the Luminous Minds YouTube Channel
  3. Facebook: Follow and like Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.
  4. Facebook: Follow and like Luminous Minds and tag two friends.
  5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @Luminousmindsoffical and tag two friends in the post.

References:   U.S. Department of Education, “The Nation’s Report Card,” 2013

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), “The Condition of Education.” 2020