Dancing in the Kitchen

Counseling with Love and Logic

Welcome Back to School!

My blog has a funny title, Dancing in the Kitchen. When I was young and I was in the kitchen cooking with my mom, we would always have the best talks and with the ease of the conversation, eventually, we would dance. The ease of chatting in the kitchen over things that we may not have discussed in a "formal talk" was something I always appreciated. My hope is that my counseling office can be that type of a space for children and adults to talk about their problems and to share their successes. Come and see me if you want to talk, share a story or just need someone to listen. I look forward to getting to know many of you better!

ES Counseling Blog

Please use this blog to find out more about the counseling and mental health programs here at Strawberry Park Elementary. The most recent posts and information will be at the top of each page. For older information, scroll down.

We hope you can use this to access information about what is being taught in classrooms, helpful parenting tips or a place to learn more about what it means to be healthy.

Second Step: Social-Emotional Learning

Second Step is a social-emotional learning curriculum that has been adopted by the Steamboat Springs School District. The goal of the Second Step program is to increase students’ school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation skills.

Please see the "Second Step" page for more details and information on the program.

How was school today?

“How was school today?” I bet we have all asked that question a hundred times and received a variety of answers such as; “Okay.” “Fine.” or “I don’t know.”

As parents we need to learn to ask the right questions to get more of the information from our children that we want. We want to know how their day was at school so that we can support them in any way necessary, help them work through small problems, support them academically or just check in with how things are going in their homeroom. Check out this list of questions below, try a few out and see which work best for you and your kids. Best of luck and I hope that these lead to many wonderful conversations to and from school!

  1. What was the best thing that happened at school today? (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)
  2. Tell me something that made you laugh today.
  3. If you could choose, who would you like to sit by in class? (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class? Why?)
  4. Where is the coolest place at the school?
  5. Tell me a weird word that you heard today. (Or something weird that someone said.)
  6. If I called your teacher tonight, what would she tell me about you?
  7. How did you help somebody today?
  8. How did somebody help you today?
  9. Tell me one thing that you learned today.
  10. When were you the happiest today?
  11. When were you bored today?
  12. If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed someone up, who would you want them to take?
  13. Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?
  14. Tell me something good that happened today.
  15. What word did your teacher say most today?
  16. What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?
  17. What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?
  18. Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?
  19. Where do you play the most at recess?
  20. Who is the funniest person in your class? Why is he/she so funny?
  21. What was your favorite part of lunch?
  22. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow, what would you do?
  23. Is there anyone in your class who needs a friend? Can that friend be you?
  24. If you could switch seats with anyone in the class, who would you trade with? Why?
  25. Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Keeping one step ahead,