Spotlight on Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Fri, Aug 31 6:10pm
Redwood Heights Elementary

Dear Redwood Heights Families,

As we relax into our three day Labor Day Weekend please take time to read about our next School Wide TOOLBOX Lesson for the week of 9/4/18: 

THE QUIET/SAFE PLACE TOOL

I remember my quiet/safe place.

From Mark A. Collin, MA, MFT Founder/Author of TOOLBOX:

"When life gets stressful, each of us needs a place with some space between ourselves and what is happening around us. The Quiet/Safe Place, whether a real location or a place in the imagination, offers your child awareness that a Quiet/Safe Place is available.

This Tool is about learning to focus on a memory of our safe places, which triggers our body to relax.  We ask children to locate both an actual physical place that feels good to them, and to create one in their imaginations that can be visited again and again. We teach them to "go to" their Quiet/Safe Place in their minds whenever they feel the need for comfort or to reduce stress.

Here are some suggestions for using the Quiet/Safe Place Tool at home:

  • Talk about your own Quiet/Safe, and ask your children about theirs.
  • Ask your children to explain the Quiet/Safe Place Tool tagline, "I remember my quiet/safe place" and the hand gesture that goes with it. Help your children remember to use the tagline and gesture along with their Quiet/Safe Place Tools.
  • During times of stress, suggest that your children use their Quiet/Safe Place Tools
  • Complete the Home Connection Activity with your child or as a family.
  • By practicing the TOOLBOX Tools at home, you are helping your child develop resiliency and helping us create a happier school community together. Thank you!

Have a beautiful weekend!