SEL : SW-PBIS : Family Engagement
Children are more successful in school and with social emotional development when their families are engaged in their learning and development. Stick & Move provides a catchy and culturally responsive resource for promoting emotional savvy and academic achievement as a family affair.

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Stick & Move Basics

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Stick & Move Strategy Outline

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Programs

Youth Enrichment
Stick & Move: SEL, Mindfulness & Yoga
Stick & Move workshops teach children how to skillfully manage thoughts, feelings and interactions with others.

Family Engagement
Family-Strong Workshops
Family-Strong workshops teach parents valuable mindfulness and restorative exercises, while providing their children with effective tools for developing focus and self-control.

Reflective Skills Workshop
Parents learn about emotional intelligence and mindfulness and why they matter to academic, professional and personal success.

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Stick & Move Resources

Mindfulness
The Role of Mindfulness

Mindfulness works hand in hand with social emotional learning. For instance, the Stick & Move steps are (1) stop, (2) relax and (3) move on to a solution. In the heat of a challenging moment, how do we stop and relax? Mindfulness awareness practice helps cultivate nervous system stabilization and sensory clarity, which in turn puts us in a better position to execute emotional intelligence strategies like Stick & Move.

What is Mindfulness?

There are a number of ways to consider mindfulness. Mindfulness can be described as a state, a trait or a practice. Two popular definitions of mindfulness by leading practitioners and researchers are listed below.

Mindfulness is paying attention in a particular way: on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
- Jon Kabat Zinn

Mindfulness is three skills working together: concentration power, sensory clarity and equanimity.
- Shinzen Young

Mindfulness Benefits

Research shows that the primary benefits of mindfulness include attention/focus and impulse control.

Parent Guide

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Summary

Stick & Move
Stick & Move is a de-escalation strategy to help children respond to emotions with greater skill and flexibility. Symbolized by the pogo stick, Stick & Move means balance yourself. The moment we get upset, we get out of balance; we are “psyched” out of position. In order to regain balance we (1) stop, (2) relax and (3) move on to a solution. This is how we Stick & Move. If we can teach children to stop, drop and roll when they are on fire, we can teach them to stop, relax and move on when they are on emotional fire. So instead of getting stuck, they Stick & Move!

Holla Kids
We believe emotional intelligence is essential to child development and performance. We believe understanding and managing our emotions greatly improves our ability to achieve life goals. The Holla Kids series was developed to help children build powerful ideas about themselves and strengthen their emotional skills. Holla Kids says,” Yes you matter. You have a unique voice and contribution to make, and here are some emotional intelligence strategies like Stick & Move to strengthen your decision making , problem solving, strategic thinking, empathy, focus and will.”

Holla Kids Is A Family Affair
Holla Kids is fun way to help children strengthen their emotional skills and the whole family can share in the experience. Practice the Stick & Move strategy, song and dances as a family. The technique is powerful and helpful for children and adults alike.

Objective
Help children respond to emotions with greater skill and flexibility.

Essential Questions
What can you do when you get upset? Stick & Move.
What does Stick & Move mean? Balance yourself.
How do you Stick & Move? Stop, relax and move on.
Never mind what? Applause or boos.

Take Aways
Learn the three Stick & Move steps:
(1) Stop - see that you are upset
(2) Relax - calm yourself
(3) Move on - move on to a solution
Recognize your inner power (self-worth): Believe in yourself. Everybody has inherent value.
Temper need for external validation (self-acceptance): Never mind applause or boos.
Learn to move towards goal even when game is unfair (perseverance): Never give up.

Teaching Children to Use Stick & Move
Give children opportunities to practice Stick & Move through role playing. Support children in using breathing techniques; use visuals - (smell the flower/blow the flower petals, blow bubbles, take dragon breaths).

When you notice children getting upset, remind them about Stick & Move through call and response technique. You say, “Stick” and they reply, “& Move.” Sing the Stick & Move anthem and work through the Stick & Move steps with them.

Do interactive readings of Stick & Move picture book, talk about the vocabulary and concepts outlined in the Vocabulary & Discussions Guide. Post visuals of Stick & Move steps and the Holla Kids Code. Jam to the Stick & Move anthem in the car and at home. Make up your own lyrics to the Stick & Move based on your own experiences. Do the Stick & Move dance and line dance together and at parties and gatherings. Download the free Holla Kids coloring app for your children’s tablets and they can share creations with family by email and Facebook through the app.

Tools
Picture Book
The Stick & Move picture book is a motivational tale about recognizing our inner power and using the Stick & Move strategy on the road to achieving our greatest potential. Nervous about their first day at a new school in a new town, Tyler and Nile use the Stick & Move strategy to spring into action. Comparable titles: The Places You'll Go, Dr. Suess

Song/Anthem
The Stick & Move Anthem reinforces the Stick & Move takeaways, outlines the Stick & Move steps - (1) Stop, (2) Relax and (3) Move On, and gives common examples of when the Stick & Move strategy is helpful.

Dance
The Stick & Move Dance mimics the pogo-sticking motion moving from side to side, along with a deflecting style motion. It provides a physical expression of the mental strength and agility we are building by routinely applying the Stick & Move strategy.

Coloring App & Pages
The free Holla Kids coloring app features the characters from the picture book that children can color and share via email and Facebook. Coloring pages can also be downloaded as PDF’s from HollaKids.com.

PARENT GUIDE (v.1.0) Last updated (February 25, 2016)

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Teacher Toolkit

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Summary

Stick & Move
Stick & Move is a de-escalation strategy to help children respond to emotions with greater skill and flexibility. Symbolized by the pogo stick, Stick & Move means balance yourself. The moment we get upset, we get out of balance; we are “psyched” out of position. In order to regain balance we (1) stop, (2) relax and (3) move on to a solution. This is how we Stick & Move. If we can teach children to stop, drop and roll when they are on fire, we can teach them to stop, relax and move on when they are on emotional fire. So instead of getting stuck, they Stick & Move!

Holla Kids
We believe emotional intelligence is essential to child development and performance. We believe understanding and managing our emotions greatly improves our ability to achieve life goals. The Holla Kids series was developed to help children build powerful ideas about themselves and strengthen their emotional skills. Holla Kids says,” Yes you matter. You have a unique voice and contribution to make, and here are some emotional intelligence strategies like Stick & Move to strengthen your decision making , problem solving, strategic thinking, empathy, focus and will.”

Holla Kids Advantage
Holla Kids is fun, engaging and culturally relevant social-emotional learning that the whole family can share. Children can teach their parents the Stick & Move strategy, song and dances. Parents can jam to the Stick & Move anthem in the car and at home. Children and Parents can make up their own lyrics to the Stick & Move song based on their own experiences. Children and parents can do the Stick & Move dance and line dance together and at parties and gatherings. Parents can download the free Holla Kids coloring app for their children’s tablets and they can share creations with family by email and Facebook through the app.

Objective
Help children respond to emotions with greater skill and flexibility.

Essential Questions
What can you do when you get upset? Stick & Move.
What does Stick & Move mean? Balance yourself.
How do you Stick & Move? Stop, relax and move on.
Never mind what? Applause or boos.

Take Aways
Learn the three Stick & Move steps:
(1) Stop - see that you are upset
(2) Relax - calm yourself
(3) Move on - move on to a solution
Recognize your inner power (self-worth): Believe in yourself. Everybody has inherent value.
Temper need for external validation (self-acceptance): Never mind applause or boos.
Learn to move towards goal even when game is unfair (perseverance): Never give up.

Teaching Children to Use Stick & Move
Set up a Stick & Move space in classroom where children can take a break, do the Stick & Move dance, listen to the Stick & Move song on headsets, or calm down. Give children opportunities to practice Stick & Move through role plays. Support children in using breathing techniques; use visuals - (smell the flower/blow the flowers, blow bubbles, dragon breaths).

Individual Strategies
When you notice children getting upset, remind them about Stick & Move through call and response technique. You say, “Stick” and they reply, “& Move.” Sing the Stick & Move anthem and work through the Stick & Move steps with them.

Group Strategies
Do interactive readings of Stick & Move picture books. Teach and perform the Stick & Move song choir style, assigning different parts of the song to different. Create remixes of the Stick & Move song, using the children’s own examples and rhymes.

Environmental Supports
Keep copies of Stick & Move in your book area and read it frequently. Post visuals of Stick & Move steps and the Holla Kids Code.

Tools
Picture Book
The Stick & Move picture book is a motivational tale about recognizing our inner power and using the Stick & Move strategy on the road to achieving our greatest potential. Nervous about their first day at a new school in a new town, Tyler and Nile use the Stick & Move strategy to spring into action. Comparable title: The Places You'll Go, Dr. Suess

Song/Anthem
The Stick & Move Anthem reinforces the Stick & Move takeaways, outlines the Stick & Move steps - (1) Stop, (2) Relax and (3) Move On, and gives common examples of when the Stick & Move strategy is helpful.

Dance
The Stick & Move Dance mimics the pogo-sticking motion moving from side to side, along with a deflecting style motion. It provides a physical expression of the mental strength and agility we are building by routinely applying the Stick & Move strategy.

Coloring App & Pages
The free Holla Kids coloring app features the characters from the picture book that children can color and share via email and Facebook. Coloring pages can also be downloaded as PDF’s from HollaKids.com.

TEACHER TOOLKIT (v.1.0) Last updated (January 27, 2016)

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Picture Book Vocabulary & Discussion

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Picture Book Vocabulary
Nervous - agitated or alarmed
Uhuru - freedom
Dreams - thoughts, images or sensations occurring in a person’s mind during sleep; contemplated possibility of doing something
Free - without cost; ability to act on one’s desires
Rumble - make continuous deep resonant sound; engage in a fight or battle; compete
Jungle - land overgrown with dense forest and vegetation
Concrete Jungle - modern city or urban environment, especially when perceived as a challenging place to live
Guarantee - know for sure that certain conditions will be met
Perseverance - not giving up despite difficulty or delay in achieving success
Fall - season of the year; move downward, typically freely and without control
Courage - ability to do something that may frighten you
Balance - keep or put something in steady position so that it doesn’t fall
Fear - unpleasant emotion caused by belief something undesirable will happen
Journey - the act of traveling from one place to another
Doubt - feeling of uncertainty
Shame - sadness because you believe you’ve done something wrong
Power - the ability to do
Amazing - causing great surprise and wonder
Understanding - ability to perceive intended meaning

Picture Book Concepts

Family
We introduce Tyler and Nile’s family at the opening of the Holla Kids series to highlight the importance of the mighty river of life, the continuity of connectedness, the oneness of all things. We wish to illustrate the invisible and silent power that flows through and binds us all. Uncle Knuckles in particular, representing the transformative power of love and understanding in action, passes on what was passed to him - a rhythmic blueprint for self-realization. The blueprint sets the Holla Kids journey in motion for the Holla Kids series.

Uncle Knuckles
Tyler and Nile’s Uncle Knuckles is the coolest uncle on the planet. Uncle Knuckles is short for Uncle Knuckle Sandwich because of the knuckle sandwiches he playfully passes out on each visit. It’s also symbolic of the tough love, the compassionate and accountable love, that the family practices.

Uhuru
Uhuru is a Kiswahili word. Uhuru means freedom. Freedom and responsibility go hand and hand. Responsibility is the ability to respond. Our self-concepts and emotional savvy shape our ability to respond.

Rumble in the Jungle (Compete)
To “Rumble in the Jungle” means to compete in life’s arena. It alludes to the one of the greatest competitions of modern time, the historic 1974 boxing match between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.

Competition can bring out our best, and that’s the real value of competition, to push to be our best self. In that case we all win. However, when competition becomes a means of assigning relevant value, a means of degrading or devaluing the loser, we become unbalanced, reality is lost. The participants are always bigger than the game. Ultimately it’s not about vanquishing our opponent, rather it’s about pushing ourselves to our highest level. It’s about realizing our best self.

The Jungle
The jungle, the concrete jungle, is being used here as a metaphor for both the beauty and hostility we experience in daily modern life. While we are mostly walled off from natural threats such as lions and coyotes, we are continuously bombarded by symbolic threats to our self-concept. Psychic violence is as real as physical violence and perhaps more debilitating. Vigilance is required to develop and maintain powerful self-concepts.

The Game
The game refers to the “game of life.” Life can be viewed as a game involving competition and cooperation. The underwater pogo stick race with pitfalls and unscrupulous referees highlight the obstacles and challenges we experience on our journey. The game will appear unfair at times, but we can choose to win anyway. Winning involves understanding our authentic self and holding nothing back.

Stick & Move
Symbolized by the pogo stick, Stick & Move means balance yourself. The moment we get upset, we get out of balance and psyched out of position. How do we regain our balance? We stop, relax and move on (to a solution). We Stick & Move!

Courage Arena (Inner Space)
During the underwater pogo stick race, Tyler and Nile fall through the ocean floor into inner space. They find themselves being shuttled into Courage Arena, shaped like a heart, where beings from all over the universe have come to witness how they handle their moment of truth. In Courage Arena they must face their own fears in front of a hostile crowd in order to continue their journey. They must choose between being stuck, or learning to Stick & Move.

Robot & Fear
Fear is a crippling emotion that does not occur in vacuum. It inevitably involves fear “of” something - like failure or not being good enough. Fear often keeps us stuck worrying about unwanted outcomes. When we face our fear with courage, the fear (Robot red fear ) is transformed into the opportunity (Robot blue fear) to live our dreams.

Courage
Courage doesn’t mean recklessness and it’s not hopeful thinking. Courage is an action word that moves us toward an outcome although we cannot guarantee a result. When we move beyond our fear, we won’t avoid all failure, but we don’t let fear get in the way of living authentically.

Never mind applause and boos
Never mind praise or condemnation. Divest in the exaggerated need for external validation. Chief among afflictive emotions is the fear of being judged inadequate, somehow lacking or not good enough. When we don’t recognize ourselves quietly in advance, we unnecessarily seek validation from others. Consequently, we can go through life constantly trying to win others approval because we are not taught to grant ourselves our own approval. Morning Affirmation: Good morning me. I acknowledge you and all your wonderful talents and gifts.

Giants
Giants refers to the fact that we are much more than the six senses can perceive. What we see in the mirror is your genetic spacesuit. It’s what we use to travel through space and time. What powers us is formless, invisible and boundless. When we recognize our giant self, prospective problems appear smaller.

Shine
Shine is your inherent capabilities, talents and gifts. Everybody is a star. Everyone has something to contribute. Everyone has a unique perspective. Nobody is going to think exactly like you think. That’s your advantage. That’s your power. Do what other’s can’t do. Do you. Create from the heart. Ideas are the most powerful force in universe. Everything starts from an idea.

Be Amazing
There is something at the center of our being that is absolutely certain of itself. And it’s absolutely amazing. We can choose it any time, especially in the face of circumstances that suggest otherwise. We can choose to be amazing, and let the conditions catch up to us.

STICK & MOVE PICTURE BOOK VOCABULARY & CONCEPTS (v.1.0) Last updated (January 27, 2016)

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Picture Book Activities

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Interactive Read Activities
Roles: Assign roles and provide props: moon, wind, stars, and yay and boo signs
Call & Response: When teacher raises fist kids raise their stars in the air and yell Stick & Move!

Pre-Read Activities
Emotions: Discuss, Draw, Act
Discuss Ask about feelings - name feelings, what do they look like? Print emotions sheet and review.
Draw Draw emotions on paper or smart board.
Act Act out emotions: form a circle or soul train line - facial, body, dance expressions.

Balance: Play, Discuss
Play balance games (balance a beanbag, balance a hankie while you hop).
Discuss balance means to keep or put in steady position so it does not fall. When we are upset our emotions are out of balance and we can fall into a negative state. In order to balance our emotions we must relax. Deep breathing can help us relax.

Relax: Do, Discuss
Do Practice breathing techniques (smell flowers, blow dragon smoke), practice yoga.
Discuss How does that make you feel?

Dreams: Discuss, Draw
Discuss Ask children to describe dreams/aspirations. How do you get there?
Draw draw what it looks like.

Shine: Discuss, Craft
Discuss Shine refers to our inherent talents, gifts, original thought and creativity. Discuss talents and things we like to do.
Craft Cut out stars and write names on them.

Holla Kids Code: Discuss
Discuss Post and discuss the Holla Kids Code.

Stick & Move Anthem: Sing, Dance
Sing Download song and lyrics and sing with class.
Dance Watch the Stick & Move video and practice the dance.

Post-Read Activities
Vocabulary
Discuss Discuss vocabulary.

Ideas
Discuss Discuss balance, Stick & Move (Stop. Relax. Move on.), never mind applause or boos (granting self-approval in advance).

Spanish
Read Read Spanish Ebook version.

Research
Research Look up Black, Latino, female pilots and astronauts online.

Coloring
Play Download and play with free (no ads) Holla Kids Coloring App; email or Facebook to parents from the app.
Play Print out Holla Kids coloring pages from HollaKids.com and color.

STICK & MOVE PICTURE BOOK ACTIVITIES (v.1.0) Last updated (January 27, 2016)

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Holla Kids Code
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Stick & Move Poster (17"x11")

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