My Favorite Action Videos on YouTube

As I said before, it’s not a horrendous thing to give your kids screen time. Especially if the videos they watch are educational, or get them moving. Below, you’ll find my top picks for videos on YouTube that do the latter!

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The Calm Down Space, and Managing Feelings.

One thing that has really helped in my classroom and in my home in regards to meltdowns and tantrums (for both my 10year old and my 3 year old) is being able to hold space for my children’s feelings. Whether it’s having a specific “Calm Down Area” with calming toys, or changing my dialogue to acknowledge and help understand emotions, I find that my kids (and I, by extension,) are much more capable of navigating their feelings and their reactions when things are uncertain or don’t go their way. Here are some of my tips and tricks to starting that process in your own home or classroom.

The Calm Down Space, and Managing Feelings.

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Independent Activities for Young Kids

Whether you’re working from home, or home is your work, sometimes you just need a couple of minutes to yourself. While your young child may not usually be willing to play nicely in the next room so  you can have a moment of peace, you may be able to convince them by providing some fun quiet activities that don’t require you to play along side of them.

10 Independent Activities for Young Kids
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Review: Red:A, A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall

Red is the story of a blue crayon that’s been mislabeled as “Red.” Whenever he tries to do something red (like draw an orange with Yellow, or color some strawberries) it comes out all wrong. He is miserable!  When Magenta comes around with a simple request, his whole world is turned upside down…or maybe, it’s just finally right side up!

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Review: Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o

A young girl of color wonders why her skin is so dark in comparison to her family and friends. She tries everything to make her skin lighter, but will a visit from a shooting star and a story from long ago show her how beauty can be found in the brightest day and the darkest night, and all shades in between?
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