Calm Your Kids
Children have many different times in their day in school and at home where they can be loud, they can move around and play. And there are times when they need to calm their bodies and minds in readiness for learning, socializing, or many other situations requiring focus and attention. As educators and parents we often tell children when it’s time to be quiet, to sit down, and to focus.
These are sounds intended to be audio cues for children to let them know it’s time to quiet down and be calm. Instead of talking to kids, let them know that when they hear these sounds, they can sit or stand and move quietly and slowly to the sounds.
The calm auditory sounds, and slow, calm movements, can help children modulate their sensory system and become calm in their bodies and brains. Once they know about these sounds, they will know what to do. Play one of the Ready for Calm sounds, and your children will get up, move quietly, and then calmly move onto the next activity as expected. It’s a much more effective method of helping children get their brains and bodies ready for learning and many other tasks requiring control and focus.
The sounds are only about 20 seconds long and each sound includes:
- A beginning attention-getting sound to let children know it’s time to listen to the sound.
- A short quiet, calm sound. During this music kids can move their bodies in a quiet, slow, controlled manner. It's a way to ‘calm down’ their senses, and their bodies, to get Ready for Calm.
- An ending sound to show that it’s time to stop moving and get their bodies ready for work and activities needing focus and control.