Settle Your Glitter
Shake the glitter ball! This is like your brain when you are feeling any big emotion (excited, scared, angry, happy, sad). Wow! Look at all that glitter. It is hard to see clearly. When our brains are like this, it is harder to make good decisions and to learn.
So, we need to “Let the glitter fall” to settle. Let’s hold it really still. Let’s take some breaths together. Breathe in. Breathe out. Wow, look at the glitter settle at the bottom. Now can you see to the other side? Do you think our brains are ready and able to learn now? Take a look and see that the glitter is still there. Our big emotions don’t just go away. We still carry them with us. But now we know how to settle our glitter and get our brains thinking clearly. Now we are ready to do our best thinking!
We got this idea from Susan Kaiser Greenland in her book, The Mindful Child.