For many students, the idea of a long break from school brings excitement and joy. But for some students, the idea of being away from school for a long period of time is met by anxiety and fear. Whether it is because of a split household, lack of parental supervision, financial stress, or any other reason, the though of being without the structure of school for a long period leads to stress that students may not have the skills to cope with, which leads to problems at school. The activities are designed to help students who are worried about the long break cope with their feelings and come up with plans for what their break will look like.
Each of these activities can be done one on one or in a small-group of students who are worried about the break. The activities also do not need to be done in any particular order; just how you think it will best suit your students.
Included in this pack are:
“How To Use The Activities” A description of how to implement each of the activities provided
“Am I Ready For Break?” An activity to help students mentally prepare for break
“What Am I Doing Over Break?” An activity for students to describe what they think their break will look like and how they feel about it.
“Safe vs. Unsafe Choices” A sorting activity for students to learn about safe and unsafe choices
“Good Choice vs. Poor Choice” A sorting activity for students to learn about positive ways to spend their free time
“My Break Goals” A goal-setting activity to have students put a positive focus on their break
“A Day During Break” An activity where students draw out what they think a typical day during their break will look like
“Things to Do During Break” An EDITABLE document where you can list free/inexpensive local activities for kids that happen during breaks from school.
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