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We want to insure that our families have access to Financial, Social/Emotional Wellness, and Mental Health services during this time. Below we have created a list of resources for you and your family to access during the closure of our schools. The resources include information about Mindfulness Activities, Family Activities, and Community Resources for Financial and Mental Health Services during this time of School Closures.
Mindfulness is the process of paying attention , in an open, nonjudgmental way, to your experience in the present moment.
Benefits of Mindfulness include
● Reductions in stress and anxiety
● Increases of empathy
● Improvement of relationship satisfaction
● Improvements of immune function
Create a Positive Affirmation to repeat throughout your day (especially when something causes you stress). Decorate the saying and place it somewhere that you see everyday, like your bathroom mirror.
Where I am right now is exactly where I need to be
I am enough
I have purpose in this life
Practice Breathing Exercises
- Make a “mmm” sound and to buzz like a bee. Once you
practice for a moment, focus on the vibration of your tongue.
Then close their eyes and cover their ears. Challenge yourself
to see how long you can breath out like a bee.
- Practice breathing in for 3 counts, holding for 3 counts, and blowing out for 3 counts. To make this more visual, try exhaling into a bubble wand and make it a challenge to see who can create the most bubbles.
Go for a walk and take note of your five senses. See how many things you
can See, Touch, Smell, and Hear (save taste for home!)
Search a youtube video to find a plethora of options, or visit Cosmic Kids to find a yoga story for you to practice with
Make a Glitter Jar! Instructions on Heart Mind Kids
Have your kids create one, and then when they need a break from school
work, instruct them to shake it and focus on it for as many times as they need to
reset before coming back to their activity
Due to current health concerns, parents and kids are working from home, spending a lot of time together away from others. This is a great time for families to reconnect and do some quality activities together. Sometimes the question is, where to start? Below are some ideas that families can incorporate into their daily family time.
Exercise Games - Physical activity is important for everyone and helps manage
feelings of stress and cabin fever. The following link takes you to a list of 25 different exercise games compiled by the magazine, Today’s Parent, that families can do at home- both inside and outside. 25 Exercise and Indoor Activities forKids
Pencil and Paper Games -Looking for some games to play? These games are free and printable, but if a computer printer is not available, these games can be drawn on paper. Fun pencil and paper games- printable
Card Games - Take time to learn a new card game with your family. Specific directions for each card game are included. 10 Fun Card Games
Jigsaw Puzzles - A great place for conversation is sitting around a table putting a puzzle together as a family. Puzzles are fun and a great brain break for adults and kids alike.
Board Games - Parents can take a trip down memory lane, playing board games with their kids that they once played as children. Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, Sorry, Monopoly the list is endless.
Crafts- Crafts can spark creativity and curiosity in family activities. There are several free STEM crafts that parents can find on-line. A great one is making your own play dough that uses ingredients that almost every family has in a
pantry. How to Make Play Dough
Virtual Field Trips- Families may be staying inside but can travel virtually to see places they would love to visit. Scholastica Travel has many virtual tours that you and your family can take to experience new things together. The links for the virtual tours of Walt Disney World and Washington DC are included here for your
use. Walt Disney World Virtual Tours and Washington DC Virtual Tour
Many music artists and community agencies are offering concerts and other
activities for families that can be seen on Facebook Live. These events are constantly changing so just do a Google, Facebook, or Instagram search to find things that may interest your family.
Below is a list of Resources for Families in our Forsyth Community. Additional resources will be posted as they become available.
Free Food Resources in our Community (includes food pick up, food pantries, andfood delivery options) The link above has resources listed in Spanish at the bottom of the linked page)
Financial Assistance Resources
(help with bills, clothing, shelter, etc)
Families Needing Delivery Assistance for Food Supplies
(link to a google form that families can use to request support if they have
transportation barriers to accessing the resources provided.)
Mental Health Resources for Families
Emotional Support Helpline with access to Mental Health Specialists 24/7 due to COVID-19 issues (loss of job, money, anxieties) for FREE: 1-866-342-6892 . This service is sponsored by UHC and is free to ANYONE.
Georgia Crisis and Access Line (GCAL) : 1-800-715-4225 Open 24 hours a day.
Helping Others and/or Donations:
If you and/or your family would like to donate to assist families in Forsyth County during this difficult time please see the link below for more information. Thank You!
Donating to Others/Helping in Crisis Together we will get through this difficult time and be stronger as a community because of it.
If you need additional support or guidance please feel free to reach out to your child’s School Counselor or your child’s Teacher.