Although many of us are excited by the warmer weather and the thought of summer closing in, many of our students will start to feel the anxiety and loss of the school year coming to a close. Many children rely on the consistent schedule, the dependable meals, the strong relationships and the peer connections that school provides.
As you are planning lessons, no matter the age, consider incorporating books or read aloud times that revolve around the end of the school year. This can give students time to reflect on the year and process the emotion of closing a new chapter in life and opening a new one. If there are unresolved issues and thoughts of anxiety, it gives you the opportunity to connect with your students and better prepare them for how to have a successful summer.
Remember, the end of summer is exciting for many students but for many others it brings about sad emotions and anxiety. Consider ways to prepare your students and allow them time to process and discuss their fears with you before that final day of school!
This post brought to you by Kate Palmquist, POSA overseeing Elementary Curriculum and Instructional Coaching
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