Google+ Elementary School Counselor blog, by Scott Ertl, Elementary School Counselor: May 2015

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Help students turn bad dreams into good dreams

 
While 30-50% of adults are sleep deprived every day, many students are not getting a good night's sleep every night either. One cause is bad dreams and even night terrors.

Here's a fun and simple way to help Kindergarten through second grade students create a "Dream Channel Changer" to help them be proactive and decide which dreams they would like to experience that night.

Feel free to download the lesson for your Active Inspire Promethean board lesson or PowerPoint lesson (Right-click and save these files to your computer.)

Here's a blank Dream Channel Changer and here's a sample to download. 

Students can write and/or draw what dreams they would like to experience when they sleep. Before going to sleep, children can review their Dream Channel Changer to decide which dreams they want to experience while they sleep. If they have a bad dream and awake, they can simply change their channel to one they prefer and return to sleep. This way, they are in charge of their dreams!

Here are some fun ways for children to decide what channels they want to include on their "Dream Channel Changer:"
  • Write or draw pictures of themselves doing fun activities (real or imagined).
  • Cut out pictures from magazines or newspapers.
  • Search for clipart on the Internet.
  • Consider favorite animals, places, people, sports, celebrities, foods, movies, etc.
The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Dream (and 12-min. video available on YouTube) is about how Brother Bear and Sister Bear learn how to have good dreams as well.

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