Welcome to the 1st Edition of the Counselor’s Blog! My name is Danielle Webb, and I have been the Student Advocacy Counselor at Iron River (and Ardmore) since 2017. I have a Bachelor of Social Work and a Criminology Certificate from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and have been working in the field since 2012. My passions include spending time with my family, baking, traveling, eating good food, and drinking way too much coffee. My husband Patrick is a Phys. Ed teacher in Cold Lake, and we have two cute munchkins- Octavia, age 4, and Jaiku age 1.5; as well as a wild German Shepherd/Husky named Kenai.
This month, Northern Lights School Division is focusing on fostering a positive mindset, which helps reduce stress and anxiety. At Iron River we are teaching students about the magical word YET using this story: The Magical Yet.
Here are some activities you may want to do with your children at home that compliment what we are doing at school this month:
Love movies? Pop some popcorn and make it a family movie night with Wonder! This movie can be accessed on Netflix, ITunes, or Hulu. The main character Auggie cannot hide what makes him different on the outside, and he uses his positive mindset to find the inner strength he needs to change people's perspectives on what it means to be yourself.
If you have older readers in your home, The movie Wonder was adapted from the chapter book Wonder by R.J. Palacio. This book is available in the school library. Wonder has also been transformed into a picture book for younger readers. Here is a link to the read aloud of the picture book: WE’RE ALL WONDERS by R. J. Palacio - Children's Book Read Aloud
Finding it hard to start your day now that we’re back to the school routine? How about making a DIY Positive Mindset jar. Decorate any jar at home and use the link below to access printable daily positive mindset affirmations. Cut out the ones you like and add them to your jar. Choose one every morning and let it be your family’s mantra for the day.
Did you know that yoga helps manage anxiety, improves emotional regulation, boosts self- esteem and increases mindfulness, among other positive benefits? Start encouraging yoga in your home when children are young and see all the benefits yourself. Try some positive thinking yoga using this link, or any of the other great yoga videos for children on YouTube:
How do you support your children in changing their language to create a more positive mindset? Print this Positive Mindset Poster and have your children put it up in their bedroom, locker, or anywhere they may need a little reminder:
For more great resources, check out the Positive Mindset page on the NLPS website.
If you would like to discuss how you can further foster a positive mindset in your child, or for any other counseling needs, please feel free to reach out to me by contacting the school at (780)826-5617, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am usually at Iron River School on Mondays and Thursdays.