|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 apx. 12 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. My weekly calendar (top right hand corner of this webpage) will give you details of what lesson is being covered in your child's classroom each week 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! What are Potato Points - our rules for listening! Mrs. Clark LISTENS to us when we have a PROBLEM or have a QUESTION and need HELP. She HELPS us HELP ourselves. 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. 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!
Week 2: : We reviewed Who is Your School Counselor - someone who LISTENS to us when we have a PROBLEM or have a QUESTION and need HELP! This week we talked 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: We reviewed those Potato Listening Rules and asked students to report to me on how the Rock, Paper, Scissor worked out in helping them Share & Take Turns 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 tool - Rock, Paper, Scissors - could help them in the situation! *This book can be checked out in our Roosevelt Counselor Resource Library.
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: 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 6: 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 7: 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 all those healthy friendship skills we have been working on these past few weeks. 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 next week! Stay tuned for more info on Recess Group....
Week 8: I was in the classroom this week and we played a Feelings Memory Game. While we played this game, we practices another peacewheel choice of Talk it Out by using "I feel ____ when ________________" We also practiced our peacewheel choice of "Tell them to Stop" by saying "please stop" and if they do not listen we say "I said, please stop" with our hand extended with space in-between the person we are asking to stop and a kind, firm voice. In our small center rotation groups, we practiced using these two choices as ways to solve the problem.
Week 9 & 10: 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!
Happy Thanksgiving - have a safe holiday!
Week 11: I was in the classroom this week helping with the transition back from a week off of routine! I wanted to help with a Math Center so I could check in on how they are progressing in their skills --- so impressed with how ALL students are making huge progress!
Week 12: 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 13: HELP! MY GINGERBREAD IS MISSING! K students have been reading many books about Gingerbread Friends this month and one of them went missing today! 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. Thank you for your follow up at home with practicing this skill and emphasizing your safety procedures with your child at home!
Have a Festive Winter Break --- be safe and see you in 2014!
Week 14: To help get our K students back into their routine, I helped in centers playing Shapes BINGO. We practiced our listening and taking turns skills as well as had lots of fun trying to get a bingo!
Week 15: Coming back from break, K students are needing a reminder about how we Wait & Cool Off. We practiced ideas of how to do this at school and at home - taking deep breaths, reading, playing with someone else, choosing another game to play, talking with an adult, snuggling with a pet/parent/stuffie. Then we played in the sand -- sandboxes in my office! As students paired up with a buddy, we practiced taking turns, kind words, patience, and having fun with a friend. We concluded our lesson by talking about how much fun they had in my office and how playing with a friend should be fun, not stressful! Using the same rules we practiced in my office, they can do this at home and school to cool down and relax!
Week 16: We went fishing for Good Choices today -- Medicine Safety & Drug Awareness. Students had a magnetic fishing pole and when they caught a fish, we looked at the picture on the fish to determine the medicine safety rule. Pictures of an adult giving the medicine, checking labels of medicine, only taking medicine that is given to them by a safe adult or a doctor, keeping all medicines out of reach and in a safe, locked area, asking an adult if they find "candy" on the ground - being safe because it could be medicine and never to put this in our mouth, difference between root beer and beer - alcohol is a drug and not for them, and cigarettes are not candy - they are a drug and harmful to their body.
Week 17: We continued our Safe & Healthy Choices discussion by looking at some safety situation cards and discussed the "safety rule" that went along with every picture we explored. Pictures included medicine, water, stranger, bike, car, playground, and home safety situations like answering the phone and the door. We learned a "body rap" to help them remember what to do: Stop, Don't Touch, Leave the Area, Tell an Adult...for Big Problems this works! All students brought home a "Mr. Yuck" sticker with instructions to find a "Yuck" to stick it on -- thanks for following up on this home assignment and letting them know your safety rules!
Week 18: President's Day - No Lesson
Week 19: : Checked in with others who found something to stick his/her Mr. Yuck sticker on at home -- great work on this home follow up of your safety rules! Still talking about those Safe and Healthy Choices! With the help of Wise Owl and his niece Wendy, we talked about Healthy 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!
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Wendi Ellis-Clark, School Counselor
Boise School District - Roosevelt Elementary
908 E. Jefferson Street
Boise, Idaho 83712
208-854-6030 (phone) 208-854-6031 (fax)