Just like adults children sometimes need to get away from the bustle of the day and sometimes feel overwhelmed by what is going on in the classroom or in their life. Having a cozy space that only 1 or 2 children can go at a time gives children the opportunity to self-regulate, to think, and work things out.
The place should be out of the hustle and bustle of the classroom, large enough for the child and a friend or adult to talk, and comfortable. You can add items such as the breathing techniques and other items to help children work through what they are feeling or to destress.
Equipment Needed: Soft pillows, bean bag or something soft to sit on, mat or rug, books, textured items (stress or sensory ball, rain stick, different textured materials, etc.), I Can Calm Book, Becky Bailey Brain Cubes
For more activities and discussion related to calming your children and creating stress free environments be sure to check out the rest of April's blog: Being the Calm in the Storm