I can recommend the following site: The Magic Onions particularly this article: Waldorf Discipline
One of the strategies is to have kids work on small motor activities to help them stay focused or return to calm. I began collecting baskets, with handles and filling them with sea shells, rocks, glass stones, pine cones and other small, natural objects but one thing I kept reading about but had never seen was moldable beeswax. I can be found on Amazon with varying review but I ordered it and found it to be a fantastic tool!
|It comes in a small box like this with 15 wax blocks in different colors.|
|I used a scissors to cut several of the blocks into thirds and stored the rest. I wanted to see how this would go.|
|I keep them in a container and kids may choose 1 piece to use at a time.|
I use all my small tools for transitions between activities, particularly for early finishers, and for kids that need extra small motor support. Also, if a child is starting to become upset or argumentative I can bring him/her over to a table as give him/her a small motor task to do.
Another use is to use the wax or even other small objects as fidgets during listening time. My rule is that a student has to get a fidget before we sit on the carpet and the fidget cannot leave the hands. This has helped a lot with "keeping has to self" during more concentrated listening time.