How you do end the school year? The end of the year is hectic and often filled with unexpected interruptions. I like to have calming, yet engaging activities ready to pull out for those surprise moments when the students need a moment to calm down and refocus. Try these four proven calming activities for the end of the school year. Mindful coloring, music/lighting, memory journaling, and making summer goals are my favorite ways to close out any year.
Coloring is considered a “mindful” activity because it allows us to focus on the present moment. We find ourselves thinking about which color to choose and how to apply that color. It’s simple enough to not cause extra stress while also taking our mind off of worries. Zentangle coloring pages will keep students focused for a long period of time. Boys. girls, and even adults will enjoy coloring zen designs.
Music and Lighting
When combined with soothing spa music in the background, your classroom or office will be transformed into a sanctuary. You can find relaxing music on numerous apps and youtube. I prefer “The Honest Guys” videos on Youtube. They have a huge selection for many mindful occasions. I also purchased a dream machine from Bed, Bath, and Beyond that has become my favorite thing in the world for calming myself and students. It has built in colored lighting for ambiance. I love to turn off the overhead lights and turn on lamps instead. Everyone always comments on how relaxing it is when we have our mood music and lighting set up.
Students love to reflect on their memories of the school year. Gratitude is an important skill to teach students and it leads to greater overall happiness. Brainstorm some school memories with students and show them how to appreciate the little things.
Making Summer Goals
Goals are important for having a productive and meaningful summer. Consider making goals for health and wellness mixed with some fun goals for self care. This banner is a fun reminder to have a fun and fulfilling summer. It also showcases the dreams and goals of the students and sparks conversations and positive connections.