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Conscious Discipline--Safe Place Setting Up
Kelley Carpenter, Kindergarten
“Safe Place”/Setting Up
(This lesson should be taught after the"Safe Place” introduction lesson.)
, Becky Bailey
1A Student demonstrates awareness of their emotions. (I am aware of what I am
C Student demonstrates awareness of their external supports. (I am aware of the
supports I have around me.
2D Student demonstrates ability to set and achieve goals. (I can set and achieve
goals that will help me to be successful.)
Materials for Safe Place (chair/bean bag, posters to remind de-escalation, book of what to do in the Safe Place, Calming Cream, Squeezing Ball, Pics of each class friend, Kissing Hand from each friend…all optional ideas); chart paper; markers; camera to take pics of children demonstrating elements to make part of book; Safe Place Case (box of some sort to store pieces in) See example pictures attached.
: 25 minutes
Creating a place in the class where students know they can de-escalate and feel safe.
Describe Lesson Steps:
1. Review previous lesson when
Shubert’s Helpful Day
was read. Remind students that one of the ways Shubert’s friend was helped was by going to the Safe Place.
“We talked about how our Safe Place can be a spot where anyone in our class family can go to cool down and get control of the way they’re feeling.”
2. Use chart paper and markers to have students name different
ways they know how to calm down. (Some of these will be
incorporated in the Safe Place, others will be good ideas that
can be reinforced by elements in the Safe Place.)
3. Show items that you have collected to be included in the Safe
Place Case. Go over each item and talk about how each may
help a child get control.
I.e.: colored icons of STAR, pretzel, balloon, and drain;
Calming Cream, Squeezing Ball, Pics of each class friend,
Kissing Hand from each friend (previously read
4. Take pictures of a student using each element. Mount and
laminate each picture to create a book that shows explicitly
what to do in the Safe Place. *This will give students some
thing to fall back on as their de-escalating and a reminder
when they’re trying to choose one.
5. Bind book and show children again to remind them of what
they can use when choosing to go to the Safe Place.
Observe if students use the Safe Place when escalated and how they choose to use the items in the Safe Place Case.
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