Parent Workshops

Come learn from the best! Mónica O'Malley teaches our social emotional special at SSDS.  She's a wonderful resource, so we've arranged to have her provide a few workshops for our parent partners! There will be lots of opportunities for discussion and questions.

Workshop #1: The Big Five Feelings

      Wednesday, Oct 18, 2023, 7:30 - 8:30 in the SSDS Training Room

Hundreds (maybe even more?!) of feelings live inside our bodies every single day.  When they can be overwhelming even to us grown-ups, what are we to do when it comes to working through them with our kiddos? Start with the basics!

In this hour-long workshop, we’ll talk through the “Big Five Feelings” that we focus on in our Social Emotional Learning curriculum with Ms. Mónica. By digging deep into these “Big Five,” we can begin to understand the complicated emotions we all experience, and learn how to recognize them in ourselves and others. We’ll discuss everyday ways we can help kids identify and respond to all the feelings that live inside them.


Workshop #2: "I Am in Control of Me"

      Tuesday, Dec 5, 2023, 7:30 - 8:30 pm in the SSDS Training Room

When those big feelings that live inside us “fill up our cup” and even threaten to overflow, what do we do? What does it look like to regain control of our bodies and our feelings when everything feels so overwhelming? In this workshop, we’ll walk through the imagery and language we use in our classes when we talk about what happens when our emotions get really big, and may even feel like they’ve taken control. We’ll also discuss the strategies that our children utilize to regain their self-control and work towards self-regulation. It may not look all that different than the practice we need as grown-ups!


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