Thursday, February 28, 2019

Breathe by Scott Magoon {Mental Wellness}

Breathe by Scott Magoon is a lovely story about a baby whale exploring his habitat on his own.  Baby whale's day is full of activity and adventures.  His day is filled with play, swimming, diving, exploring, friends, listening, singing, a fearful situation and creative thinking, love, dreams, and sleep.  That's a jam packed day!  The simple text phrases and the carefully chosen color hues of blues and greens don't make the reader feel anxious at all about such a busy day.  Another carefully chosen task in baby whale's day is breathing.  Three times baby whale takes a breath and I find those pages a bit more peaceful.  

Breathing is a distress tolerance skill which can promote relaxation.  Baby whale models going through our days and finding a moment to take a deep breath.  That deep breath provides relaxation and an opportunity to gain momentum for more activities.  

"Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act." (mental I hope you find this post helpful in supporting mental wellness. "Wellness is an approach to preventing illness and prolonging life as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases." (  Let's be proactive in and out of our classrooms.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like a sweet, calming, and helpful book for youngsters (and adults!). Thanks for your review.