So often children come into our classrooms in the mornings laden with worries, fears, and “baggage” they are carrying from home. We all know, too well, that feeling of helplessness, when we wish we didn’t have to start our day, but could just listen to their worries and help take their burdens away.
That is why I started implementing The Worry Jar in my classroom. *I still lend an ear, knee, hug, tissue, etc. when my little ones come in filled with grief and woes, but I can direct them to The Worry Jar to aid in putting their worries “to rest”, and getting on with their day!
The Worry Jar, is a decorated jar (plastic paint can with a lid, from Michaels or a similar craft supply store). If a student comes into my classroom in the morning in a particularly “frazzled” state of mind, (or works him/herself into one during the day), I have “worry notes” on hand to be personalized and put into The Worry Jar.
16 different "worry notes" to choose from
"The Worry Jar" Logo
Directions for successful use