The Lemonade Hurricane by Licia Morelli is a book to guide readers through their emotion mind moments. Emotion mind moments are when your thinking and behaviors are controlled by your emotions. Emma and Henry are brother and sister. Emma begins the story by sharing her days are busy and she likes to stop and rest. Readers see Emma sitting on a pillow, legs crossed, eyes closed in a class for meditation. Then we meet Henry at home who has the living room turned upside down. We follow Henry's day and see just how too busy it and he is. Emma refers to Henry as a hurricane.
The next day Emma tries to share some of her stillness practices with Henry. These practices would be great to have students move to; making this truly an interactive read aloud. Eventually, Henry tries to sit still and pretend he is riding an elephant. His breathing slows, his thinking slows, and his body slows.
The Author's note is not on to miss. She shares the background information for the title and how lemonade is a metaphor for mindfulness. There are how to notes for practicing mindfulness and meditation for young and old.
"Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act." (mental health.gov) 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." (dictionary.com) Let's be proactive in and out of our classrooms.