During our guidance time we talked about the role of the counselor, we read "The Rainbow Fish" and played a game to learn about what a school counselor does at school.
We also watched "Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen" and talked about why it is important to be a good listener and how we can use our whole bodies when we listen.
We love Howard, and he will be helping to teach several lessons this year. Here is the link to all of the videos and activities:
In October we learned about "kid-sized problems" vs. "big deals" and talked about the difference between reporting and tattling. We talked about some ways we can try to solve our "kid-sized problems" and are going to try to work on solving them ourselves first before telling an adult.
In another lesson, we talked about personal space. Now we know what it means and why it is important. We are going to try our best respect each other's personal space.
In November we spent time talking about feelings. We loved reading the Magic Feelings Coloring Book and learned some strategies to try if we are feeling worried or angry.
We also heard about Spookly the Square Pumpkin. We learned that our differences are what make us special and that we should never make fun of anyone because they are different.
We finished the month by talking about manners.
December was a busy month! We spent some time talking about what it means to be a friend. We played a fishing game to learn the difference between "good friend behaviors" vs. "not good friend behaviors.
We also learned a big new word...perseverence! We heard a story about a little elf who just couldn't find a job, but he persevered and found a perfect fit at the end.
Happy New Year! In January we started off by talkinng about Squirrel's New Year's Resolution. We talked about some some good ideas for a resolution and then made our own resolution.
Next we read The Recess Queen and talked about the rules during recess and why it is so important to be nice and show respect to our classmates.
We also talked about mistakes. We talked about what they are and how we feel when we make them. We read Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg and discovered that it is okay to make mistakes! Mistakes are how we learn.