We started the year off with an introduction lesson. We read a book called, "Mrs. Joyce Gives the Best High Fives" to learn all about what a school counselor does at school.
We also talked about using our whole body when we listen by reading about Liam the Labradoodle. When we listen, our eyes should be watching, our ears should be listening, out mouths should be closed, our bodies should be still, and we should raise our hand if we have a question or comment! So far we are doing great!
In October we learned about the STAR method for dealing with problems. STAR stands for: Stop, Think, Act, Review.
In another lesson went learned some different strategies for dealing with problems by visiting the "Problem Solving Pond".
We finished the month by talking about how you can't tell much about a person when you see them in a Halloween costume and related that to how that is true even when people are not wearing a costume. We cannot really know a person until we talk to them and get to know them and we should not make assumptions about people based on how they look!
In November we spent time talking about feelings We read a book called "Soda Pop Head" and talked about anger and some things to try when we are feeling angry.
We also read a book called, "But it's not my Fault" and talked about taking responsibility for our actions
Our last lesson in November was called "Thankful for ME". We learned about gratitude and why we should also appreciate ourselves. We are all special and important!
December was a busy month! We spent some time talking about what it means to be a friend, and 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! We learned about New Year's Resolutions and goals during our first lesson of the new year. We talked about why it is important to have goals and then set some for ourselves.
Next, we leared a new word...MINDSET! We learned that there are two different kinds of mindsets, fixed and growth. We have a growth mindset because we know that our minds are always learning and growing. Ask us about the power of the word "YET"!
We read a book called "Your Fantastic, Elastic Brain" and learned all about our super-cool brains! We even made neurons using candy!
February is the month of love and kindness! We talk a lot about being kind to others. We read Heartprints and talked about doing good deeds.
In March we talked about the Sneetches for Dr. Suess's birthday! We learned that you can never judge a book by it's cover and that we should treat everyone with respect and kindness. We also spent some time talking about expected and unexpected behavior.
April is one of my favorite months! In April we talk about careers! We started by talking about our jobs as students. We took a little quiz to find out how we learn best. Some of us are visual learners, some are auditory learners, and some are kinesthetic learners. Most of us are a combination of all of them! It is never too early start talking about what you are good at, what you like to do, and what kinds or jobs are out there!
May is a busy month! We started out by talking about sporstmanship. The students learned to be Encouragers, Fun Players, and Gracious Winners. Then we practiced being good sports by playing a few games of "Rock, Paper, Scissors"!
We also talked about being "Safety Smart" during the summer months, whether we are traveling, playing in the sun, swimming or going online.
Lastly, we played a review game to review all the fun things we have learned about this year!
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