|Counselor Lessons » Kindergarten
I have a Counselor Lesson every week with K students. I work with all students during "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 "Share and Take 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’ve learned about "Share and Take Turns" by practicing Rock/Paper/Scissor last week, used that skill in my office playing with their peers, and today they shared how they have been using this tool at school and at home! We then 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 4: We reviewed the three choices on our Peacewheel we have learned. We read the book "Share and Take Turns" building on what we practiced last week and seeing how they use this skill in many different situations - Rock, Paper,Scissor works in making decisions but we also share/take turns with knowledge, creativity, and sharing of their time. We also discussed what you can do if someone does not want to share and thinking ahead, like playdates and knowing that if they don't want to share that "special" stuffed animal, perhaps putting it away so the worry or conflict is not there during the playdate. We moved on to another choice by adding "Make a Deal" this week. Franklin and friends helped demonstrate for us the "Walk Away", "Talk it Out", "Please Stop", and "Make a Deal" parts of our Peacewheel in "Franklin's Nickname". In our video, we we saw how name-calling can be fun -- and sometimes it becomes a friendship problem. We watched Franklin, Bear, and all the gang navigate this issue in positive and negative ways. We see them do all the things we have talked about -- walk away, talk it out, help each other listen to what they need, make a deal, and be a good friend. Great examples of what we want from our Roosevelt gang as well!
Week 5: We reviewed the four Peacewheel Choices we have been working on and student reported to me how these have been working for them 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, and Make a Deal - could help them in the situation! *This book can be checked out in our Roosevelt Counselor Resource Library.
Week 6: I shared with them how I see them using their manners at school and how I see them using our Peacewheel Choices 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! In our film this week, it shows Franklin and Beaver arguing all the time -- the effects of not resolving the conflicts peacefully results in friends not wanting to be around them, play with them, or help out. 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 7: They are ready for another Peacewheel choice -- this week "Apologize or I'm Sorry". 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 8: In preparation for Parent/Teacher Conferences, its 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!!!
**Parent/Teacher Conferences --- your students are doing so well! I look forward to reading all the report card comments and connecting with them on their progress!
Week 9: 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 choices on our Peacewheel. Students also sampled some of the "fun" they can have during Recess Group in Mrs. Clark's office....stay tuned for more info on recess groups!
Week 10: They know the Peacewheel options, now its time to help them identify feelings and how they can name feelings, recognize what they need with their feelings, and let others know in appropriate ways. We played a Feelings Memory Game and 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 ______________________?" We listened to how different people use different feeling words with the same pictures and how everybody needs different things - - ex. sometimes people need a hug when they are mad and other people want to be alone and not have someone touch them, both are good solutions and need to be communicated to those around us in an appropriate way. We practiced what this could look like and using the words to express what they need.
Have a great Thanksgiving Break - I'm so thankful to be at Roosevelt with your children!
Week 12 & 13: We reviewed those "I statements" we started to practice in our last lesson and started our Safe & Healthy Choices Unit. Building on our Peacewheel knowledge, we know the difference between Big problems and Small problems and talked 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: Following the rules is important, but sometimes situations or others may make it hard to do what we know is right. We discussed that even Mrs. Clark needs reminders sometimes and when friends or adults remind us of a rule or suggest another way to solve something, being mad at them is unfair. We saw this example in "Franklin and the Bus Patrol" where Franklin and his friends talk about how being safe and following rules is their responsibility, but sometimes hard to do with friends. During this video, we discussed how following the rules and letting others know the rules is sometimes seen as "bossy" and can be a difficult thing to do with our peers; however, safety is more important than being "popular" with our friends -- just like we saw in our film. Working together and remembering to accept safety suggestions from other people is the thing to do! Week 15: 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.
Have a Safe & Healthy Holiday and New Year!
Week 16: 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 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!
Mrs. Clark is at MOSS with our 6th graders -- see you next week!
Week 18: We have completed our Safe & Healthy Choices Unit and I love what I am seeing and hearing on the playground with our K students using our Peacewheel! Now its time for us to learn about our "meters" - Emotional Meters! Using the language of color, students labeled, colored, and explored their very own emotional meter. We will work more next week with their meters and send home an assignment to help you explore this new tool we use at Roosevelt and you can use in your home! What color are you on?
Week 19: When you think about BLUE - what are the things you can do with your body to help you find your CALM - heart? lungs? hands? ears? eyes? whole body? We practiced doing some BLUE activities - beanbags, therapy clay, color page, legos, blocks, light-bright, dolls, stuffed animals, music, breathing, and exercise....all ideas they can do at home, in their classroom, and chose to do if they need to calm down and be in control of their emotions.
Week 20: We played Emotion-oes - a game students had to describe the feeling, name the color where that feeling example is on the meter for them, and then find the Emotion-oes match on our game board. Students were able to see how the emotions could be different colors for different students.
Mrs. Clark has the 6th grade transition meetings this week - see you next week!
Week 21: "I can do this!" Perseverance is our Character Trait this month and we started exploring character traits with the Auto B. Good crew. We watched the cars from Auto B. Good demonstrate how they had to persevere to accomplish their goals -- with a little encouragement from the professor and each other, they realized they could make their goals. Saying "I can", working hard to reach the goal and not giving up, and having people around you cheer you on and support you are all parts of perseverance! Perseverance also fits into our Growth Mindset discussions we encourage in our classrooms, playground, and school community!
Week 22: Auto B Good Crew is back to help us learn about our next character trait: Responsibility! In "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 23: 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?
SPRING BREAK - enjoy your week off!
Week 24: "I need you to patient please." "Please be patient and wait your turn." "Be patient and wait your dinner to get on the table." - all examples of what K students shared how they had to use patience - our character trait of the month. Auto B. Good and the crew showed us in "Patience, Cooler Heads Prevail" how patience is something we have to practice with our friends and with the decisions we make to keep us safe. We concluded by talking about how we practice patience at Roosevelt? at home? with our friends?
Week 25: Thank you to our PTA for partnering with our School Counseling Program to host the STEMbusUSA.org Mobile STEM Lab and Assembly! STEMbusUSA.org gives a truly unique and hands-on experience so students can dive into science, technology, engineering, and math. The STEM Mobile Discovery Lab is equipped with the latest technologies, enabling students to learn and explore all things STEM! Students saw drones, robots, explosions, and more! They also experienced high-end, hands-on tools like virtual reality, circuitry and much, much more! All school assembly at 9:00am with classrooms rotating through the bus and hands-on experiences throughout the day. From 3:15pm to 4:00pm the STEMbus will stay after school for parents and students to explore together and learn more about summer camp opportunities.
Week 27: 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!
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)