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Handle your Summer with Care

Summer is really here!

Outdoor activities and field trips are in demand whether at home or daycare.

These times are great ways to practice social skills, transitions, behavior expectations, safety and many more!

We can incorporate all building blocks of Handle with Care this summer and here are a few examples.

Building Block 1: Trust and Attachment

- This block focuses on feeling loved and cared for, thus, encouraging spending time with children and playing with them.

Be a part of their play, be involved!

©Summer Wonders by Bob Raczka

Building Block 2: Building and Enhancing Self-Esteem

In Block 2, notice children's great qualities like how good they are at using chalk or that they held on nicely while walking.

- Let them have some control over things. They can choose to help fold the towel or a t-shirt. When outside, they can choose to hold a friend's hand on a walk or a teacher's hand.

©Feel Confident: A book about self-esteem by Cheri Meiners

Building Block 3: Expressing Emotions

Caring about how others' feel is important in block 3.

Recognize their feelings: excited to go to the park, tired after all day playing outside, happy with friends, sad to go home, etc...

©Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

Building Block 4: Relationship with others

Pick one quality to work on and do one thing to promote it

“When I get excited, I dance!"

©The Feelings Book by Todd Parr

I hope we all get to have good and memorable moments this summer!

Try and take photos and videos as a keepsake of your wonderful summer ahead!

Enjoy! and Stay Safe!

©Seasons of Love by Janet Parsons

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