It’s just about that time of year again. School bells are getting ready to signal the beginning of the new academic year. Everyone is becoming a little bit anxious about new routines, new teachers, and new friendships. Take a step backwards and relax. Focus on the positive and each day will become easier to navigate.
Icebreakers are helpful to use when meeting new friends/classmates for the first time. A deck of cards becomes a quick game of War or Rummy. Tic Tac Toe and Dot to Dot are easy to play on a small, spiral notebook. A piece of string quickly transforms into a game of Cat’s Cradle. Practice your Origami skills at home while making a Fortune Teller and then share with friends in school. All of these can fit easily into your pocket or backpack and will provide a way to successfully engage with peers.
Of course, the best way to start a new friendship is to go over to someone and just say, “Hello!” Put away the cell phones or other means of technology and just start talking. It’s amazing how much we can learn about other people just by asking questions and being a good listener.
Wishing everyone an exciting and happy school year!