New teachers, new peers, and new surroundings, all at once, can be overwhelming and intimidating for many kids when a new school year begins. For some, a little boost in self-esteem or social skills is all that's needed.
A simple way to help raise self-confidence is to create a daily habit of grounding and re-centering. For example, taking a moment to recall positive affirmations or practice deep breathing helps kids re-focus on the big picture, relax, and regulate emotion, making tasks at hand seem more manageable, and kids feel more equipped to handle them.
For improving social skills, kids learn well through practice, role-play, and observing others. With these methods, many skills can be mastered, including empathy, personal space, initiating conversation, turn-taking, problem-solving, and manners.
These two simple, yet powerful approaches can help ease new school year jitters in kids. Intu It teaches effective grounding techniques for self-esteem and self-confidence, and works with kids on improving many different social skills for a great school year experience. :)