Strategies

  • Try to keep classroom routines as normal as possible. Students gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
  • Be as honest with students as you can and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle. It is okay to keep explanations simple.
  • Ensure that you are leaving time and space to hear students’ fears and concerns.
  • Be sure to reaffirm and strengthen the relationships and bonds you have created with students and families.
  • Reassure to your students that they are safe and adults are there to protect them. Allow them to express their feelings through drawing, imaginative play, reflective journaling, etc.
  • Students at this age may need help separating reality from fantasy.