Emotional Intelligence Training for All!

Emotional Intelligence Training for All!

In June, while our students were enjoying their first week of summer, TMH teachers and staff became the learners for the day during a training in the RULER approach to social-emotional learning. We were joined by teachers and staff from Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, a public school in Harlem that has become a national model for the implementation of this approach. We settled in, notepads and pens in hand, to learn directly from RULER developers, Dr. Marc Brackett and Dr. Robin Stern, from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.

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Back to School Tips for Healthy Eating

Back to School Tips for Healthy Eating

As parents, we want to make sure our children are eating a balanced diet. When your child is a “selective” eater, that can be difficult, and back-to-school time is when issues around pickiness can become more problematic than ever. Whether your child takes a lunch or eats at a school cafeteria, if he or she only eats a very limited selection of foods, this can make for some challenging conversations.

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ABC's of Self Care

ABC's of Self Care

For parents, educators, and kids there’s no time of year that’s more emotionally charged than back-to-school time. These weeks are both exhilarating and exhausting. The prospect of a new school year can fill us with a sense of promise and, at the same time, overwhelm; a sense of joy mixed with one of melancholy. This rollercoaster of emotions is stressful in itself, and when we add to it the change in schedule, long to-do lists, back-to-school events, and all the rest, we can quickly find ourselves in over our heads.

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Summer Camp, Resilience, and the Meeting House: A Common Bond

Summer Camp, Resilience, and the Meeting House: A Common Bond

For this week’s blog we have a special guest post from our Clinical Director, Jackie Covell.

This summer many of my students and clients have spent one or more weeks at camp. Although the experience of camp can be a bit daunting, especially for first-time campers and parents, it is a fantastic opportunity to learn and practice social and emotional skills. Additionally, many camps provide feedback for parents at the end of a session, sharing insights which are particularly valuable in helping kids integrate what they learned.

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Feelings and Friendship: Week 2 Tuesday Juniors

Feelings and Friendship: Week 2 Tuesday Juniors

We had such a great afternoon for week #2 at TMH Juniors!  The kids were all eager to come in and quickly found a spot for themselves at the play dough table or the Magnatiles mat.  We have purposely set up our hangout/free play time with open ended play materials (but have the option of a more structured game if we see that we need to get the kids more engaged with their peers) because we strongly believe the importance of open ended play to social development. 

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5 Ways Summer Adventures Help Strengthen SEL

5 Ways Summer Adventures Help Strengthen SEL

Perhaps more than any other time of year, summer is a time for the Meeting House values of fun, friendship, and community, and one of the best ways to experience all three is through an activity so many of us enjoy during these months: travel. Whether to visit family in another state, to nearby beaches or mountains, or across oceans, it’s is a wonderful opportunity to expose our kids to new places and people. For most children the experience of navigating new environments can be particularly beneficial, providing important practice in flexibility, interpersonal skills, and confidence that they can bring back to school in the fall. 

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Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from Jackie. (Do you have your own Top 10?)

Top 10 Pearls of Wisdom from Jackie.  (Do you have your own Top 10?)

At the Meeting House, we pride ourselves on being able to translate the theories of social-emotional learning into practical teachings that make sense for kids in the real world. Social-emotional learning is only valuable if kids can then apply it in their lives outside the classroom or our program, and just like anything else, practice makes perfect. With that in mind, every week our Clinical Director, Jackie Covell, has been sharing tips for parents on ways to practice the skills kids are learning at the Meeting House. We’ve compiled the best tips from throughout the year, and share them below as our end-of-the-year gift, and a reminder to keep up the social-emotional skills development over the summer!

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Widening Our Community

Widening Our Community

Any of the kids in our program could tell you that the Meeting House motto is “Fun, Friendship, and Community.” These values are at the core of everything we do, and we take pride in the safe, caring community of students, parents, staff and supporters we’ve created. This year, we’ve had the opportunity to reimagine and enlarge our Meeting House community through our relationship with Thurgood Marshall Academy Lower School, a public school in Harlem. Like us, they put social-emotional learning at the center of their educational model, and they also recognize the importance of after school time as an opportunity for kids to explore interests, practice social and emotional skills, and build self esteem. They’re an exemplary model of how powerful an impact these types of changes can have on a school.

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Staying Cool at TMH Juniors

Staying Cool at TMH Juniors

We shook things up this week and spent the whole afternoon outside in the backyard at Parkside and couldn't have asked for a better afternoon! It was hot but we took advantage of the shade, ate some ice pops and filled up some water balloons to try and fight off the heat. I'm pretty sure one of the highlights was that everyone got to help us fill up the water balloons using the Pumponator. One of the most impressive parts of the whole afternoon was how the kids resisted their overwhelming urge to throw their water balloons once they were filled up! We're not sure we could have been so good about resisting the urge as they were!

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Celebrating Motherly Love at The Meeting House

Celebrating Motherly Love at The Meeting House

Dear Friends,

This week I wanted to salute all of our parents, but especially the mothers (sorry dads) in honor of the tradition of Mother’s Day.  While some people claim it’s a Hallmark holiday and others feel sad because they miss their own mothers, I can’t help feeling personally gratified when each year I received those hand made cards and notes from my own children. For that reason, this week’s note focuses on you - Meeting House mothers.  

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A Place to Grow at TMH Juniors

A Place to Grow at TMH Juniors

Another great day in the books at TMH Juniors! We were all very thankful for the warm and dry weather today so we could go out to the backyard and release some of our energy. It really is amazing to see how the kids play with each other during this free time and how kids are drawn into activities that they haven't been comfortable with in the past because they want to be with their friends.  

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