Play At Home: Week of May 25, 2020

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Social-Emotional Skill of the Week: Social Awareness

Social awareness is the ability to empathize with and understand the perspective of someone else, even though their background and culture might be different from yours.

Resources for the Week of May 25, 2020

Game of the Day Challenge

Are you ready to #PlayAtHome? We are challenging students and families to learn and play one new game each day! This week’s Game Challenge includes I Spy, Blizzard, Annie I Over, 4 Corners, and Did Ya Ever. Good luck and have fun playing!
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Leadership Development: Social-Emotional Learning for 4th and 5th Graders

Calling all Junior Coaches! We have adapted our Leadership Curriculum for all 4th and 5th graders who wish to participate. Check out this week’s lesson focused on Social Awareness with an Empathy Award Challenge.
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Schools are closed. Sports are cancelled. Recess is still on schedule.

Playworks knows that children need physical activity and social-emotional support now more than ever in order to successfully navigate this turbulent time. We launched #PlayAtHome to share new resources for kids, families, and school partners:

  • On-Demand Video Content: need game ideas? Check out these pre-recorded Recess sessions featuring Playworks Coaches leading games, Minute Movers, and Brain Breaks to support physical activity, release energy, and increase focus.
  • Live Recess Streams (M-F, 10-15 min., 11 pm, 1 pm, and 3 pm CT): Playworks Coaches are broadcasting Recess live on Facebook. Tune in daily for stretching, warm-ups, interactive games, cheers, and cool down activities.
  • Playbook: a how-to game guide for parents and caregivers (available in multiple languages).

Why Playworks?

Playworks is the leading nonprofit leveraging the power of play to transform children’s physical social, and emotional health. Playworks’ evidence-based programs have been proven to help create a school culture where all students are included and have the opportunity to be physically active while developing key social skills, like cooperation and conflict resolution, that are critical to success in and outside of school.

Now more than ever, these skills are essential to helping kids across the country combat stress and anxiety and successfully navigate the uncertainty and change associated with the COVID-19 crisis. Our vision is to make sure kids experience safe, healthy play every day. And in this climate of prolonged school closures, we’re rethinking how we can ensure kids continue experiencing the benefits of play. 

This fall, back to school is going to have a whole new meaning and our goal is that Playworks will be there day one supporting students, building community and reimagining play. 

Help us be there when kids in our community go back to school. Donate today.

 

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