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!
President's Day - No Lesson
Week 18: : 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!
Week 19: We reviewed what Wise Owl and Wendy had to tell us about Healthy Choices and checked our learning with some Social Situation Flashcards highlighting Healthy and UnHealthy Choices - bike safety, sleeping, eating, medicine, and staying away from drugs - smelling Cigarette Smoke and being careful not to drink an Alcoholic Drink. We then spent some time on "funny business" - as some of our K students are doing some funny things that make us laugh and some of them are laughing at others...there is a big difference! In "Franklin's Funny Business", Franklin and his friends begin by telling jokes to one another and this soon leads to practical jokes where they feel bad, are embarrassed, or have something ruined as part of the "funny" joke. The message of the film is a good joke does not make somebody feel bad. It is nice to make somebody laugh, but never nice to laugh by making fun of someone. Something they taught us was to notice if others are laughing with you -- then its ok - if no one is laughing and you are the only one thinking it is funny, make it right with your friend and apologize. It's never fun to be laughed at!
Week 20: We spent some time this week reviewing our Peacewheel options and working on 4 of them I see that they can use the most - "Please Stop, I said Please Stop.", "Walk Away", "Rock, Paper, Scissor - to Share and Take Turns", and "Talk it Out." We worked on the I feel ________ when you ______ please____ messages with some common dis-agreements K students are having --- who is in line first, asking for personal space, not feeling included, name-calling. Every student practiced this skill and Mrs. Cadwell re-enforces this skill in the classroom. We read the book "Franklin's Secret Club" where Franklin and Bear start a Club but the clubhouse is too small to include everyone so they just invite Snail and Rabbit because they are small. Their other friends feel left out, especially Beaver who really works hard at getting Franklin's attention but when she asks to be included, Franklin says no. Beaver was so mad she started her own Club and then Franklin learns what it feels to be left out as well. Franklin doesn't like having a Club that can't include everyone so he apologizes to Beaver and they come up with a way to combine their Clubs and post a sign that "Everybody is Welcome." We discussed that Everybody is Welcome at Roosevelt and creating games and ideas to include others makes our playground and classrooms happy places! *This book can be checked out in our Roosevelt Counselor Resource Library.
Week 21: We reviewed those "I statements" from last week as I gave them some situations that we see on the playground and in the classroom where they can use this tool to work things out! We ended with working on some listening skills by playing the game Headbands where students have fun giving crafty clues to a chosen classmate about an anonymous card worn on his/her head -- listening, taking turns, raising your hand, following the "crafty clue" rule and working as a team were all skills we practiced in this game! Students may be asking you for this game -- lots of giggles were had!
Spring Break - enjoy & be safe!
Week 22: I worked in the classroom and helped with centers to see how they are progressing on their academics -- I love seeing them improve in their listening, skip counting, cutting and glueing skills, following directions, math logic puzzles come together, and reading directions -- making great progress in Kindergarten!
Week 23: Why do people work? Would you have to be good at Math to be a Teacher? Would you like being an Astronaut? Exploring why Work is important, what Jobs are around us, having them think about what they learn in K and how that might be used in a Job someday, and would they like doing that Job...why and why not? We tackled all these questions today through dressing up in some Work "Costumes". While in "character" we discussed these questions and listened to what each other had to say. We also discussed what Jobs people do in their homes for Work. Be ready - as I encouraged them to come home and talk about these questions with you! Exploring Work and their Future in K helps them relate what they are learning, what they enjoy, and how many future opportunities are out there for them! See some pictures below!
Week 24: Auto B Good - Responsibility "Growing Responsible" Cali just loves shopping! She needs a job so she can shop more and comes up with a plan to "let" her friends be responsible for her task instead. We discussed ways they are Responsible and home and at school. Students shared why Responsibility is important as well -- loved their answers!
Week 25: Auto B Good - Honesty "Car Tune Pirate": Everyone is excited about the Professor's latest invention! No one can believe that something so cool could be wrong. . . until Franklin "invents" a little something of his own. We discussed why Honesty is important and how Honesty is an important part of being a good friend and citizen.
Week 26: Auto B Good - Truthfulness "Slippery Slope": Only a few more days before the 4x4 championships and Maria has been training very hard. Will her desire to win become an obstacle she can't overcome? Keeping with our discussion about being Honest and Truthful we talked about how it is hard to tell the Truth when we make a mistake, take something we shouldn't have, or do something we know we were not suppose to do -- but like in our films, always being Honest and Truthful is best in any relationship. If people are Dis-Honest, Tell Lies, Steal, and Tell "Stories" all the time, people think they are always Dis-Honest and do not Trust them --- would you like people to feel that way about you?
Week 27: Time out from learning about those Values and I helped with a Nature Walk Scavenger Hunt to prepare students for the upcoming Writing Assessment. Finding something from Nature to talk about is part of what they will be writing about, so we wanted them to have a recent experience to draw from at school if they have not done something outdoor-zie with their family. We looked for Birds, Squirrels, Pine Cones, Types of Trees, Butterflies, Ladybugs, and even a Hedgehog (thankfully Mrs. May has one of these in her room!). Great teamwork was shown on our scavenger hunt -- I know they are ready to share what they learned on paper now!
Week 28: Auto B Good - Politeness "Center of the Universe" EJ is the Center of the Universe - or so he'd like to think. But life at the center is no match for the crusty Elrod. Can EJ resist Elrod's ways? We discussed how others expect us to be Polite - at school, in the classroom, at home, and our friends.
Week 29: Auto B. Good - Sportsmanship "The Winning Goal" When Maria takes over as the soccer coach, EJ is not pleased with her emphasis on sportsmanship. This could ruin the season and take the fun out of the game!
Week 30: LAST LESSON! Wrapping up our Auto B. Good Learning discussing how Responsibility, Honesty, Truthfulness, Politeness, and Sportsmanship are important to making and keeping Relationships with friends, siblings, parents, classmates. Students drew a picture and wrote about what these 5 characteristics looked like at school and at home. All K students who could complete this assignment received an Auto B. Good Book Mark.
Have a great summer - stay safe, keep learning, and record those experiences to share with us in August!
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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)