Preschoolers are active and enthusiastic, and preschool is an exciting place full of new friends and new experiences. It can sometimes be overwhelming for these young children, and a large part of being fully ready for Kindergarten is learning to self-calm and focus, to learn to stay positively engaged with a teacher and classmates. Weighted sensory lap pads, breathing balls, and fidget toys are just a few examples of simple yet effective tools that Harley Hopkins will purchase with this grant. These tools will profoundly increase staff’s ability to guide students to de-stress and de-escalate, with the goal of staying in their familiar learning environment and quickly rejoining on-going activities.
Harley Hopkins Family Center
Submitters: Sarah Chovan, Kathy Willett, Lori Lorenz