Monthly Lessons

Welcome Back!

This month as we start back to school, I will be in and out of classrooms getting to know the students and helping out.

This month I will be introducing myself as the counselor and we will talk about my role. I will also be reading Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes and we will practice our 4 main breaths (star, balloon, drain, pretzel). Your child will be coming home with a breath sheet that they can color and hang up somewhere in their home to remind them to breathe to calm their bodies. Click Here for a short video that shows how we do each breath.

This month we will begin learning about how to Choose Love. Choosing Love involves courage, gratitude, forgiveness, and compassion. We will begin learning about courage. Click Here for a short video you can watch together to reinforce what courage means. Our new breath this month is the brave breath.

Red Ribbon week is the last week of the month and we will use this week as an opportunity to learn about keeping our bodies safe and healthy. Here is the video I shared with each class (warning: catchy song).

This month we are continuing to learn about courage. We read Shubert's Big Voice together and practiced using our big voices. We talked about how our big voice is not a yelling, mean, whiny, or tiny voice, but our just right big voice. We talked about how our words have power and that we should use them to be helpful, not hurtful. Our new breath this month is the hot cocoa breath.

This month we are learning about gratitude. We are learning that there is always something/someone to be thankful for. Click here for some fun ways to help build an attitude of gratitude at home. Click here for a short video from Sesame Street that you can watch with your child about gratitude. Our new breath this month is the warm cookies breath.

This month we are continuing to learn about gratitude and how to be Bucket Fillers! A Bucket Filler is a loving, caring person who says and does nice things to make others feel special. Click HERE to watch a video of me reading this story. Click HERE for a printable to help your child with being a Bucket Filler at home. We also talked briefly about how our words have power and we can use our words to be helpful (cotton ball words) or hurtful (sandpaper words). Our new breath this month is the snowman breath.

This month we are learning about forgiveness. Forgiveness is when something happens that makes us have big feelings that don't feel good (sad or angry). We talked about how keeping those "yucky" feelings inside us can cause them to grow and then they typically come out in a hurtful way. We have to control how we let them go and let them out safely. Click HERE for a short video on letting go of those negative thoughts. Our new breath this month is the heart breath.

This month we are continuing to learn about forgiveness. We read the book Charlie and the Yucky Stinky No Good Fruit. Charlie held on to some of those big feelings and was hurtful (punching, kicking, yelling), until he decided he didn't want to feel that way anymore. After letting go of those "yucky" feelings he was able to use words that were kind and helpful. A fun activity you could do at home would be to plant some seeds. Each time your child drops a seed into the dirt have them say something nice/kind about themselves, a friends, or a family member. Our new breath for this month is the rainbow breath.

This month we are learning about compassion. Compassion is being able to notice how other people may be feeling and then saying or doing something to show we care. Compassion helps us understand each other better and get along. Click HERE for a short video that you can watch with your child about compassion. Our new breath for this month is the bunny breath.

This month we are learning about safety. We are talking about safety rules including: looking when we cross a street, what do do if we get lost from a grown-up, water and fire safety, body safety, animal safety, bicycle safety, stranger safety, etc.

I hope you have a wonderful summer! Stay safe!!