As We Grow Comfy Corner
Children need a place they can retreat to when they need to think, rest, process or just decompress. Comfy corners give children the opportunity to be in a safe place to calm down and relax while honoring the time they need to process what they are experiencing. Sometimes when emotions are big and in full effect, a child needs time and space to transition to another activity or task, or simply needs a break from hard moment in order to adjust.
This kind of safe space empowers the child to be able to process/regulate their emotions, focus, and wind down, while teaching them to deal and work through their feelings, appreciate relaxation, honor the time they need, and give them a skill of a lifetime self-awareness + regulation. This is a great place to start to pave the way to instill the foundation for independent doable social emotional tools for children to carry throughout the rest of their lives.
Typically in a comfy corner the goal is to provide a seating nook with soft materials, calming colors, books, plush items, sensory bottles, rugs, and plants to instantly make a child feel at "home" in order to relax.
Books are the biggest staple in our comfy corners as it serves a double duty to encourage exposure to literacy, topics of interest, relatability to what they are experiencing, enhance imagination, and continue to provide wonder of how the world works. Whether you have a book shelf, display book shelf, or basket of books that expose certain themes/celebrations/concepts, you have a variety of ways to make the greatest tools accessible to your child or children in your classroom.