St. Patrick’s Day Feelings Identification Activity
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St. Patrick’s Day Feelings Identification Activity

This St. Patrick’s Day Feelings Identification Activity is a fun way to get kids to practice identifying and expressing their feelings. Many times we focus on how kids are doing academically and neglect their social and emotional development.  We assume that social and emotional skills will come automatically.  Unfortunately, identifying and expressing their feelings doesn’t…

Study Skills: Preparing Kids To Ace Any Test
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Study Skills: Preparing Kids To Ace Any Test

We often expect kids to study and pass exams even though no one has taught them how to study. This was true for my own kids. My son was in first grade when he first started taking spelling tests. I would tell him to go study and after twenty minutes, I would give him a practice…

How To Help Kids Overcome Test Anxiety
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How To Help Kids Overcome Test Anxiety

In case you’re not familiar with test anxiety, imagine that you’ve studied and prepared for the big test as much as you possibly could.  Now it’s test day. Your teacher hands you the test and as soon as you see it, your stomach tightens. You draw a blank because nothing on the test looks familiar.  Your…

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Acts of Kindness Ideas for Kids With Free Printable

Five year old Isabelle came home from school one day crying her eyes out. Apparently two little girls in her kindergarten class told her she couldn’t sit with them at lunch. This of course hurt her feelings and made her very upset. Unfortunately, stories like Isabelle’s aren’t uncommon. Kids being unkind to one another is a…

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Free Self-Esteem Resources For Kids

Self-esteem is a way of thinking and feeling about yourself. When kids feel good about themselves, they are more likely to experience success in school and in social interactions with peers. Having a healthy self-esteem has many positive benefits.  Kids who love who they are, tend to see themselves in a positive light and believe in…

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Feelings Recognition Christmas Tree Activity

Recently I came across Reading Confetti’s Christmas Alphabet Sticker Tree: Learning Letters and my daughter LOVED the activity.  Since I’m always looking for fun ways to teach her social emotional skills, I decided to modify the activity a bit to teach her about feelings recognition. It also turned into a great activity to get her…

Autism Awareness: What Kids Need To Know About Autism
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Autism Awareness: What Kids Need To Know About Autism

April is Autism Awareness Month and this year I wanted to focus on helping kids in elementary school develop an understanding of autism and also how they can be a friend to someone with autism. Thirty years ago when I was in elementary school, autism was not something people discussed.  If they had, then my…

Acts Of Kindness Bingo For Kids With Free Printable
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Acts Of Kindness Bingo For Kids With Free Printable

Hi everyone!  Welcome to another edition of Freebie Friday where every Friday I share a free product or printable.  Don’t forget to stop by every Friday to check out what new freebie I’m sharing. You can also subscribe to Kiddie Matters to stay in the loop when freebies are added! This weeks Kindness Bingo freebie…

Helping Kids Learn Stress Management Skills
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Helping Kids Learn Stress Management Skills

Stress management isn’t a skill we often teach children. The assumption is that kids live care-free lives and have no experience with stress. However, there are many things that can lead to stress in children. Stress is simply a function of the demands placed on us and our ability to meet them. Children face demands…

Creative And Fun Social Skills Activities For Kids
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Creative And Fun Social Skills Activities For Kids

In order for children to be successful in life there are some essential social skills they need to know.  Many kids learn social skills such as sharing and resolving conflicts from watching others around them.  However, some kids need to be taught these skills. I’ve found that the best way to teach these skills is…