Monday, August 26, 2019

The Silence Slips In by Alison Hughes {Mental Wellness}

When I read, The Silence Slips In by Alison Hughes I was instantly reminded that picture books are not just for children.  The book reminds us and shows us different ways silence can be with us.  I love how the words give us clues about the different forms silence can take and illustrations confirm what the form is.  The words shy, soft, shaggy and still leads the reader to think about silence and holding a puppy.  The book goes on to describe life events that aren't filled with silence and how we can discover it as we work through busier moments.  The author lets readers know they can call the silence back during moments of noise and encourages readers to do that via a deep breath.  Last week, my students and I were introduced to snake breathing by a colleague.  Snake breathing is when you take a deep breath in and hiss as you push the breath out.  My students loved snake breathing and I think this book will be read tomorrow to talk about why we need to pause and breathe.  Pausing helps settle our bodies and our minds.

"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.  If you are looking for more resources Nationwide Children's Hospital here in Columbus, Ohio has valuable resources and  to transform children's mental heath.  #OnOurSleeves

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