Lebanon schools curriculum

Curriculum Update - Mental Health Awareness

Since 1949, May has been designated as National Mental Health Awareness Month. As educators, mentors, parents, colleagues and friends, we must recognize a difficult truth: according to the National Institute of Mental Health, Nearly one in five Americans lives with a mental health condition. As part of continued efforts to support children’s mental health, Governor Ned Lamont declared May 26th of each year to be Get Outside and Play for Children’s Mental Health Day; 2023 is the inaugural year. The goal of this day is to promote awareness of the benefits of outdoor activities on children’s mental health and wellness. On May 26th, Lebanon schools will engage in lessons and cooperative play that incorporate outdoor activities shown to improve mental well-being and play a key role in resilience to stressors for youth. Some activities might include a shooting hoops multiplication game, creating a nature poem outside, chalk art, nature observation journal and rock painting. In addition, teachers will engage in afternoon professional development aligned with the importance of physical and mental health. Activities planned include dog therapy, splatter painting, summer book talks and folk music playing. In addition, Emotion into Art, an inspiring artist presentation will further engage staff with motivational and encouraging messages.