|Counselor Lessons » Kindergarten
I have a Counselor Lesson every week with K students. I work with all students during the Tuesday "center" time so I see them in small groups for 12 -15 minutes to work on a specific skill. Each week I will post the title of the Counselor Lesson and post supporting documents, if helpful to you, on this site. This link will give you details of my lessons and the Roosevelt Round-Up (PTA newsletter) will also periodically give you more information. Let me know if you need more information or have feedback on my lessons.
Week 1: Who is Your School Counselor? Getting to know the adults in your school and what they can do for you! Mrs. Clark LISTENS to us when we have a PROBLEM or have a QUESTION and need HELP. She HELPS us HELP ourselves and make GOOD choices. Students took a "field trip" to my office and we discussed what FUN things I have going on in my office besides the classroom lessons they will have every week from me! We concluded out "field trip" by reading and discussing the book "Who is Mrs. Sand-Dollar?" - a story about the school counselor.
Week 2: We reviewed Who is Your School Counselor - someone who LISTENS to us when we have a PROBLEM or have a QUESTION and HELPS us make GOOD CHOICES! What are Potato Points - our rules for listening! With the use of our Mr. Potato Head doll as a reminder - we discussed what good listening "looks like": eyes on the speaker, hands to ourselves, raising our hand to speak, bringing our thinking caps with our ideas and good sharing, ears for listening to others, mouth closed if others are speaking, and feet still and pointed at the speaker. Every week we earn Potato Points for being great listeners in my classroom! This week we started into our Peacewheel - Conflict Management Model at Roosevelt. First up, talking about sharing and taking turns - 1 out of the 9 peacewheel options ---and practiced rock, paper, scissor as a tool to help them with this choice. We then did some examples of when you can use this tool at Roosevelt --- get in line at the same time, want the same seat at a table, deciding on a game at recess with a friend, and even at home with a sibling! I challenged them to use this at home to see if it works -- so Mom & Dad, practice up on your rock, paper, scissor skills at home because they got it and can use it!
Week 3: Putting these concepts into play -- literally. Play time in Mrs. Clark's office during our lesson time today. We had magnets, legos, played kitchen, colored pictures and solved mazes. Students were allowed to choose what they wanted to play with and I listened for the use of our Share & Take Turns choice on our Peacewheel. Students also sampled some of the "fun" they can have during Recess Group in Mrs. Clark's office when I start opening it up to them in a few weeks! Stay tuned for more info on Group....
Week 4: I shared with them how I see them using their manners at school and how I see them sharing & taking turns with others at Roosevelt. I encouraged them to keep using these tools to resolve conflicts because friends like it when we use kind words and actions and not arguing! We watched "Franklin and the Crystal" where Beaver and Franklin learn how arguing can harm friendships and how important sharing is to being a good friend! Sometimes being first in line, captain of the team, or always having to play your game at recess cost you friends... thankfully Beaver and Franklin figured this out and so did my K friends!
Week 5: We’ve learned about Share and Take Turns – practiced Rock/Paper/Scissor – used that skill in my office playing with their peers – and then watched Franklin and Beaver try to work something out in our video last week. This week we practiced two new choices from our Peacewheel – Please Stop and Walk Away. When someone is doing something we don’t want them to do, we practiced putting out our hand like a stop-sign and saying “please stop” in a firm, clear and kind voice. If that person continues we then put our hand again and say “I said, please stop” in that firm, clear and kind voice. We practiced this several times and we even showed examples of the wrong way to do this as well. I modeled the Walk Away strategy and showed some examples of how to use this in different situations such as saying “I’m going to make another choice because I’m not having fun” or “I feel like you are not listening to me so I am going to work at another table” and with quiet feet moving his/her body away from the situation into another spot or activity. I also demonstrated the wrong way to do this. We concluded the activity by demonstrating some examples and having students tell me if it was the right way or wrong way to tell someone to Stop or Walk Away --- they all knew it and showed their teacher what they knew! Bravo!
Week 6: We reviewed the Peacewheel Choices we have been working on and student reported to me how the Rock, Paper, Scissor has been working for them and the "Please Stop" and "Walk Away" strategy at school...and home! We then read the book "Manners on the Playground" and talked about what they are doing on the playground and how they use good manners at school and home! I showed them some social scenario cards and asked them how manners were used or not used in these situations and if their new tools- Rock, Paper, Scissors, Please Stop, Walk Away - could help them in the situation! *This book can be checked out in our Roosevelt Counselor Resource Library.
Week 7: This week we are discussing talk it out & wait and cool off- another important part of our peacewheel! We watched Franklin talk it out with his friends and "cool off" in "Franklin is Bossy". Franklin’s friends let him know they are tired of him telling them what to do all the time and making up the rules – at first he is mad but then he realizes he is being Bossy and says I’m sorry to his friends. We see his friends take a break from him one day when they are really frustrated with him and then continue to be his friend and encourage him to work on his bossiness the next day … good friends talk things out, help and forgive each other, and say I’m sorry when for unkind words, frustrations with friends, or making a poor choice.
Week 8: Time for me to see their work in class! This week I helped in classroom centers while students did their normal "work" and I was able to see how they were progressing with their academic skills, listening to adults and peers, following directions, and working in small groups. I love what I am seeing!!!
Week 9: This week we are discussing apologize - another important part of our peacewheel! We watched Franklin and his friends apologize in "Franklin and the Trading Cards". When friends compete and try to out-do each other to get a special trading card from Franklin, they realize they haven't been a very good friend to Franklin and to each other and say "I'm sorry." We discussed when we know someone "really" means "I'm sorry" and how if the behavior does not stop, others do not accept the "I'm sorry" because they think it will just happen again!
Week 10: This week we are discussing apologize - another important part of our peacewheel! We watched Franklin and his friends apologize in "Franklin and the Trading Cards". When friends compete and try to out-do each other to get a special trading card from Franklin, they realize they haven't been a very good friend to Franklin and to each other and say "I'm sorry." We discussed when we know someone "really" means "I'm sorry" and how if the behavior does not stop, others do not accept the "I'm sorry" because they think it will just happen again!
***RECESS GROUP Starts this week --- On Thursdays, 1st recess K students can come in and play!!!
Week 11: I was in the classroom this week and we played a Feelings Memory Game. While we played this game, we practices two more peacewheel choices of Talk it Out & Make a Deal. We practiced saying: "I feel ____ when ________________" and "How about if we do ________________ and then we can do ______________________?" In our small center rotation groups, we practiced using these two choices as ways to solve the problem.
Week 12 & 13: We reviewed those "I statements" we started to practice last week and stopped to talk about the difference between Tattling and Telling. Wise Owl helps us with his WHO rules! WHO knows the rules about Tattling vs. Telling? We watched and discussed a video called "Wise Owl Says: When Telling isn't Tattling". We discussed the questions: Will it help anyone? Is someone in danger? Do you need an adult to help you solve a problem? If yes -- then you are telling! If you want to get someone in trouble or just tell an adult to so they can solve a problem for you, this is tattling. Students were able to know the difference between small problems they are strong enough to solve on their own using our peacewheel choices and big problems they need to TELL an adult immediately because they need help, get that "uh-oh" feeling, or someone is in danger!
Week 14 & 15: HELP! MY GINGERBREAD IS MISSING! I’m sure he was here during the holidays, but where has he gone? We designed a Missing Poster to include our phone number as we start to practice and memorize a parent's phone number as part of our safe choices we emphasize with K students. Our 6th graders helped us practice numbers so they know his/her phone number to be safe! Thank you for your follow up at home with practicing this skill and emphasizing your safety procedures with your child at home!
Week 16 & 17: We are still talking about those Safe and Healthy Choices! With the help of Wise Owl and his niece Wendy, we talked about Healthy Choices & Safe Choices -- like trusting your "cool" meter instead of doing what other people say/do is "cool", making healthy eating and sleep choices for your body and mind to grow, exercising your body every day in some fun way, and sticking to the safety rules like wearing a helmet! Students shared with me some of their favorite healthy choices - like the fruits and exercises they love! We also talked about Medicine safety and knowing that we never take medicine without a trusted adult, knowing that medicine and candy look a lot alike and asking before we eat “candy”, and knowing that prescription medication is for the person whose name is on the bottle – only that person. We stressed being safe and always having adults give us medicine!
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