Today, we are going to learn about Calming Corners, ways they can help our kids-whether at home, or school, and how to set one up.
Let's begin with: What is a Calming Corner? According to The Art of Education University's website, a Calming Corner is a designated space where kids can go when they need to regulate their emotions.
Calming Corners give kids an opportunity to recognize their emotions, and learn to cope with them in a positive way. They are becoming an increasingly popular way for kids to regulate emotions and increase their socio/emotional skills.
Now, let's look at how to set up a Calming Corner. First, you want to select a comfortable, semi-private space in your home or classroom. Make the space cozy with pillows, and/or soft, comfortable seating.
Then, you will want to incorporate tools for the kids to use to recognize and cope with the emotions that brought them to the Calming Corner. These could include: Feelings Charts (show the chart with feelings options), Activity Choices (show the choice cards), Breathing diagrams (show the breathing poster), and any hands on manipulatives including "squishy" items, stuffed animals, books, coloring supplies, etc.
Finally, you will want to teach clear expectations and procedures for the Calming Corner. Kids should know when to use it, and exactly how to use it. If you teach clear procedures from the first introduction of the calming corner, you will find great benefits from implementing this in your home or classroom!