This month's theme is INITIATIVE!
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Kindergarten: Kindergarten and first grade students learn the importance of keeping their bodies safe, and respecting the privacy of others' bodies as well. They learn how to advocate for themselves, and get help if they have been touched inappropriately. We read My Body Is Private by Linda Valwoord Girard. Here is the parent/guardian letter with more information.
First: First grade and kindergarten students learn the importance of keeping their bodies safe, and respecting the privacy of others' bodies as well. They learn how to advocate for themselves, and get help if they have been touched inappropriately. We read My Body Is Private by Linda Valwoord Girard. This lesson is repeated in first grade due to its importance. Here is the parent/guardian letter with more information.
Second: Peer Pressure is a topic that must be discussed due to its power to influence kids starting at an early age. We read Sorry, by Trudy Ludwig, and discuss how we only control our own choices. We also learn (and practice!) four strategies to get out of peer pressure situations.
Third: Stress and worry, in normal amounts, can influence people to prepare for a stressful event and therefore can be in some ways helpful. It is when stress and worry affect our ability to be successful that it becomes an impairment. We read Testing Ms. Malarkey and brainstorm strategies to keep worry from taking over.
Fourth: Branching out and making new friends becomes daunting as we grow older. Thus, kids end up relying on people they think are their friends despite not being treated very nicely. Students learn how to join a group so that they don't feel "trapped" with 'friends' who don't treat them well, and can begin new friendships.
Fifth: Fifth graders' first activity happens in technology when students visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics and investigate careers they have interests in. Later, they will complete a "job scavenger hunt" after we've gather all the info they collected!
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As the school counselor, I am a key player
ensuring your students are career and college ready, as well as
assisting them with their daily success in the classroom, cafeteria, and
playground. I provide monthly LifeSkills lessons in each class all year, and run small skill-building groups from January through June. My lessons are aligned
with the American School Counseling Association standards, and philosophy as
well as the district's counseling learning targets. Students receive
lessons regarding personal-social issues, academic concerns, and college/career-readiness.