posted Aug 22, 2018, 9:33 AM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Aug 22, 2018, 9:34 AM ]

Welcome to all the new Kindergarten students and to the new and returning 1st grade students!  I am excited for a new year and can't wait to meet all of you that are new and to see all of my friends who are back for another great school year!

Let me give you a few updates before we get started with our counseling classroom time this year!  We are going to continue to be learning the "7 Habits of Happy Kids" but we are also going to be adding lessons on MINDFULNESS this year.  As a parent you might be wondering what mindfulness is....check out this video to give you a brief overview of mindfulness and how it affects all of us!

What is Mindfulness?

The students and I will really be focusing on handling the "here and now" this year and working on emotional other words....controlling how we feel in the moment we are in!

I am really excited about this new addition to the counseling classroom lessons and can't wait to get started!  See you soon!

October/November Habits #2 & #3

posted Nov 15, 2017, 7:29 AM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Nov 15, 2017, 7:29 AM ]

Over the past couple of months we have been going over Habits #2 and #3 in both the Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms.  

Habit #2 - Begin With The End In Mind - Have A Plan

We have talked about the importance of making a plan and knowing what you want to accomplish.  This helps us prepare organized steps to get us to where we want to be.  We have plans in everyday life here at school...plans on how to act in the hallway, in the cafeteria, in the gym and plans on how to line up and how to interact with our friends appropriately.

Habit #3 - Put First Things First

For this habit we have talked about "work first, then play" and how that helps us to manage our time and makes us more responsible students.  When we do our work first, we are being responsible to make sure that our jobs get done...then we can use the remainder of our time how we choose!  

We have also been focusing on being grateful/thankful with our last counseling classroom time.  My friends have share with one another things that they are thankful for and we have discussed some things that we may take for granted that others don't have that we have.  Never hurts to be reminded of how blessed we are!  

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

September - Habit #1

posted Sep 7, 2017, 10:51 AM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Sep 7, 2017, 10:52 AM ]

During the first counseling lesson of the year we are talking about Habit #1  of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids!  

Habit #1 is "Be Proactive - I'm In Charge" which simply means that each person is in charge of themselves and must take responsibility for his or her actions.  No one controls us...we all have complete control of ourselves and we must face the consequences of our actions, whether good or bad.  Being proactive means that we are actively in control and trying to make decisions that are good for us and respectful of others!

Speaking of RESPECT....that is our character word for the month of September!  During the counseling classroom time we talked about what it means to show respect to others and to be respectful of ourselves.  We also used the video below to help us understand respect better!  Check it our!


Check back soon to see what else we have going on in Kindergarten and 1st Grade counseling!!!

Ready for a SUPER year!

posted Aug 9, 2017, 9:40 AM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Aug 9, 2017, 9:42 AM ]

I am ready for a SUPER year and want to welcome back my 1st grade SUPER friends!  I also want to welcome all of the new Kindergartners and let you know that I am SUPER excited to meet you all as well! 

This website is the best way to stay informed with what is going on during our counseling classroom time.

Check out the "News Flash!" part of my website and you can come to see what we are doing during our counseling classroom times.  We will be working on learning the "7 Habits of Happy Kids" as well as working on our social skills and soft skills.  You can also follow @CounselorCody on Twitter to get updates as well!

Keep checking back to see what we are up to next!

February/March counseling...

posted Apr 6, 2017, 8:54 AM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Apr 6, 2017, 8:54 AM ]

This year sure has flown by and the counseling classes for K and 1st grade have finished up learning and reviewing all 7 habits!  

The last month of the year is super busy with assessments and special activities so be sure to check out each building's web pages for calendar updates and information.

If you are interested in seeing what goes on during that day for the Kindergarten or 1st grade you can follow me @CounselorCody on Twitter!  I try to send out a couple of tweets every few days...and especially try to take pics and send out tweets whenever we have something special going on (field trips, assemblies, dance parties, academic celebrations, etc.)

Keep checking back for more up to date information!

January Counseling Lesson

posted Jan 10, 2017, 12:52 PM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Jan 10, 2017, 12:52 PM ]

We are hitting the ground running for 2nd semester and are picking up where we left off on our 7 Habits of Happy Kids!

For January we will be talking about Habit #5

"Seek First To Understand, Then To Be Understood"

This means that I listen to other people's ideas and feelings and work hard to get along well with others.  I don't interrupt and I listen with not only my ears, but my eyes and heart as well.  I truly try to understand where others are coming from!

A lot of our discussion has been on how to be a good listener.  Sure....everybody can listen but can you listen well to others?  Listening well means I give good eye contact, I listen with my ears and I am paying attention and focusing on the person talking to me!  This can be difficult if we think we already know everything or are not working hard to be focused continuously.  The video below is a simple but great example of how to listen....enjoy The Biscotti Kid

The Biscotti Kid

Cookie Monster wanted to learn Biscotti Karate, but in order to do so he had to listen with his whole body:

Eyes watch, Ears listen, Voice quiet, Body calm

May we learn from Cookie San how to be a good listener!

October and November Counseling Lessons

posted Nov 30, 2016, 11:11 AM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Nov 30, 2016, 11:12 AM ]

During the month of October and November we have gone over Habits #2 and #3:

Habit #2 - Begin With The End In Mind (Have A Plan)

Habit #3 - Put First Things First

We shared stories about Goob Bear saving up money and planning on what he was going to spend it on, while Jumper Rabbit took the money he earned and spent it all on stuff that didn't last.  We also share a story about Pokey Porcupine playing instead of studying and then failing his test because he didn't prepare like he should have!

We had some great discussions about having a plan before you do anything, setting goals and then working hard to meet those goals.  There was also good discussion on getting our work done first, and then having the rest of the time to play and do what we would like!

One of the other things that we started to talk about was careers and jobs and to begin thinking about what kind of jobs are out in the world.  Most of the typical jobs were named (police, firefighter, nurse, doctor, teacher, etc.).  During this time we were able to watch part of a video that shows some jobs that you might not normally think of!  Check out the video below:

Curious Kids Careers

This video really got our brains turning and thinking about what we want to be when we grow up AND what it might take to have the job that we want!

September Counseling Lessons

posted Oct 17, 2016, 7:16 AM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Oct 17, 2016, 7:17 AM ]

Over the course of September both the Kindergarten and the 1st graders have covered Habit #1 and talked about stranger safety!  Habit #1 says...."Be Proactive - I'm in charge".  This means that you are in charge of you....your hands, feet and what you say and do are all decisions that you make.  Self-responsibility is an important concept that helps us to realize that we truly are in charge of ourselves and how things go for us.  

When talking about Stranger Safety we watched John Walsh's video called "The Safe Side".  This video helped explain what kinds of people we can trust and not trust, and what to do if someone approaches us that we don't know.  We also got some hot tips on what to do when someone comes to your door!

During October we will continue to emphasize Habit #1 and be learning Habit #2.  By the end of this year, we will have gone through and had lessons about all 7 Habits of Happy Kids and be on our way to taking responsibility for our actions and being able to work well with others!

It's a bird, It's a plane, It's...a new school year!

posted Aug 8, 2016, 12:58 PM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Aug 8, 2016, 12:58 PM ]

Welcome back to school!  I look forward to meeting all of you and having you in the counseling classroom this year!

If you browse over the tabs at the left then you can learn a little bit about me and the counseling program that we have going on at Cedar Ridge Primary and Cedar Ridge Elementary (1st grade).

If you have any questions or concerns about anything, then please don't hesitate to contact me!

I am looking forward to this being a SUPER year!

March Lesson #1 and #2 - "Sharpen The Saw"

posted Apr 1, 2016, 11:51 AM by CODY SWEARENGIN   [ updated Apr 1, 2016, 11:51 AM ]

For the month of March we have been working on Habit #7 - "Sharpen the Saw"

Habit #7 is "Sharpen the Saw" and this means that balance is best.  I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting enough sleep.  I balance my time between school, community activities, family and friends.  I am always learning how to become a better person.

In Kindergarten we read the story "Sleepy Sophie" in which Sophie Squirrel has some trouble maintaining balance in her life.  She is sleepy at school, doesn't hang out with her friends and misses exercise because her favorite thing to do is read....and that is all that she is doing!  She stays up way after her bedtime reading and says no to activities with her friends.  After feeling worn out, Sophie's mother explains to her that even though reading is great, she really needs to include different things in her life in order to be balanced.  When Sophie begins to get her rest, hang out with her friends and exercise she really feels great!

In 1st grade we read the story "Goob and His Grandpa".  Goob and his grandpa did everything together, but one day Goob's grandpa passed away.  This left Goob feeling very sad and his friends wanted to help him feel better.  The first thing they did was just sit with Goob and mourned with him.  Then they made up a schedule and each friend visited Goob each day and spent time with him.  soon, Goob began to feel a little bit better and realized that he felt this way because his friends were willing to spend time with both the good times and the bad.

The questions for this discussion included - How does it feel when you spend time with people you are about?  How do you feel when you go awhile without getting to see your friends?  Why is balance important?  Have you ever lost someone close to you?  What could a friend do to cheer someone up?  When you feel sad, what do you like to do to feel better?

For the second lesson, both the Kindergarten and the 1st grade watched the same videos as we focused on keeping balance within ourselves.  The videos we watched discussed exercise, eating healthy and taking care of our minds.

Here are the videos we watched:

Too Much TV

After watching these videos we discussed why it is important to take care of ourselves and make sure that we are being healthy so that we can maintain BALANCE!  This is another skill that is important to practice so that we don't just strengthen only one part....but instead give equal attention to our mind, heart, body and soul!

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