How do you handle stress? Do you go for a walk? Take a hot shower? Read a book? As adults, we know when our stress levels are on the rise, and we look for various ways to unwind. Kids, however, aren’t always aware of the stressors in their lives, or how to handle them. In fact, when kids experience stress, they’re more likely to display negative behaviors. At school, these behaviors can strain the teacher-student relationship, as well as disrupt teachers’ lessons and classmates’ learning. I am an elementary school counselor, and I decided to try the Mind Yeti program to help target classroom disruptions.
Last summer, I assisted with an Introduction to Kindergarten class. I wanted to introduce my young students to these things called “Hubbubbles.” (Don’t you just LOVE saying “Hubbubbles”?) It’s rare for me to simply show kids something new. I want to engage them in the experience and make it come alive.
I told the classroom teacher about my idea to introduce Mind Yeti using Hubbubble cut-outs suspended by string from a hanger. That idea eventually morphed into my Hubbubble hat: a simple paper ring that sat on my head with Hubbubbles attached by fine-gauge wire. Now I was able to have the kids watch the introductory Mind Yeti video and actually experience what it’s like to have the Hubbub interfering with their vision, thoughts, and interactions with others.
The author, posing in her Hubbubble Hat.
Although I’ve only been able to share Mind Yeti and my Hubbubble hat with a couple of classrooms so far this year, teachers and students alike laugh as I walk into the classroom calling for help, bumping into furniture, and trying to keep those pesky Hubbubbles out of my eyes. They get it! They understand what Hubbubbles are and how they cause disruption and interference in our lives.
In the coming months, as I continue to deliver classroom Second Step lessons, Mind Yeti and the Hubbubbles (in the Welcome video, as well as on my hat) will be joining me in the primary grades. The older students will also be introduced to the Hubbubbles in a different way: placing a laminated Hubbubble into a box at times they feel the “Hubbub bubbling up.” The physical motion of picking up and depositing a Hubbubble into a box will help them be more aware of their need to be mindful and take a few minutes to calm down or refocus.
Go ahead! Tap into your inner child and show your silly side with this handy Hubbubble hat template! What will you create?
Download Lori’s Hubbubble Hat template
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