This year, students are working on building character and embodying the ideas of what it means to be kind, cooperative, and respectful.
Over the month of August, all students received classroom lessons on what it means to be kind. This included kind words to use and kind actions to practice at home, in the classroom, on the bus, in the hallways, at recess, in the cafeteria, etc. Check out this fun Kid President video that students got to see as part of their lesson-
The focus for the counseling classroom lessons for September was cooperation. Students learned about why working with others is important, and also practiced applying and refining these skills in the lesson. Pre-K, kindergarten, first and second graders learned about how much more they could accomplish when they work together through "The Crayon Box that Talked." Third, fourth and fifth graders faced group challenges like "human knots" and "helium stick" where they had to work as a group to solve a problem.
Conflict resolution techniques are also being addressed during October. Students in grades 3-5 learned 6 steps to take to solving a conflict and practiced using "I messages" to share how they feel when working out conflicts on their own. Pre-K through 2nd graders learned the difference between "tattling" and "reporting" through the fun story "A Bad Case of the Tattle Tongue."
November is all about Career! Students in grades 1-5 learned about Georgia’s career clusters and the jobs within these categories. Career exposure and exploration is a great concept to start discussing with your child. While they may not know what career they want when they get older, there are important skills they can start building today that will help them in their futures. Organization, relationship building, study skills, empathy, conflict resolution, and goal setting are just a few that are valuable and will help them succeed in school and in the world. You can help reinforce these at home, just as we are teaching and reinforcing these at school. Stay tuned for more information about careers as we get closer to our Career Day in March 2018!
Sometimes our students get caught up in gossip and rumors, that's why December's counseling lesson was "messy" and students in grades 3-5 learned about how to stop gossip when they hear it so they don't add to the problem. This hands on lesson involved teams competing to pass glitter without letting any peices fall to the floor or stuck in their hands. This helped student understand that just like glitter, once rumors are started, they are hard to control and clean up.
Returning to school in January after a big break can be a hard adjustment. To help students in PreK-2, we read "It's Hard to be a Verb" and practiced skills that can help us focus and be successful in the classroom. Students showed how focused they could be while playing a game of "statue" and not even letting bubbles distract them! The older students will be learning about how to set SMART goals (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and timely) and are creating their own academic SMART goals for this upcoming semester of school.
Be sure to ask your little one about what they are learning in these counseling lessons so they can share their new knowledge with you!