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Grade K classes we learned rules make us safe and keep things fair for everyone. Students are learning the importance of listening to others to get things done. We learned to look at the parts of our bodies to remind of us off these rules. We learned Learn to Listen, Listen to Learn with our hands as a tool to remind us. We have WATCHFUL EYES, LISTENING EARS, QUIET VOICE, and our BODY IS CALM as we check ourselves to understand the meaning of self-control. Our song is Stop and Think! our stories were the I Can Learn to Listen and I Can Learn Rules by Cheri Meiners.
Grade 1 classes reinforced what we learned in Grade K with using our body to recall rules of respecting others. Students also learn to identify what good listening skills look like and practiced them with the help of P. Revere penguin. We learned the importance of self-control and used a Hidden word find to discuss and share the importance of words in our school environment like alarm, practice, drills, rules and respect. Our song was the Stop and Think and our games included red light / green light and Simon Says. Our story, Story Ricky goes to school was about a young squirrel that was very smart in many ways but needed to learn how to be rule and respect smart as well.
Grade 2 focused on review of songs and use of body language to remind us that it is up to us individually to be Thoughtful of others through activity worksheets we did as a class; taking turns, sharing information, working as a group to answer questions; and process the WHY it is right or wrong. Our activities included games like Simon Says, red light/ green light. Our Story, Wyatt the wonder dog, was a about a young pup who wondered about a lot of things, especially why he felt so bad about not being ready for things like finding his homework when it was time to turn it in or being ready for the bus in the mornings. It really upset him when he forgot a permission note to go to a friend’s house and that’s when his journey begins. We also read VERDI, the wonderful story about a young snake who learned change is not so bad.
Grade 3 knows the Stop and Think song and the body language moves plus the call-response to refocus 1-2-3 Eyes on Me. 1-2 Eyes on You. We focused on organization and listening skills through activities like making a paper airplane and giving instructions as a sender-receiver. We checked our desk, seat sack, book bag and did weekly organization and toss out. We set personal goals for this year and wrote down our thoughts for the year.
Grade 4 also began with organizational skills and the importance of order in life. Order prevents chaos and decreases the stress created by losing homework, not finding books, assignments, not knowing what to do and not being able to focus. Activities done with partners were active listening techniques, giving directions to complete a task, and taking a personal survey about their own organization. We also did personal desk and book bag checks to make sure a good habit was being developed.
Grade 5 began with a personal evaluation of organizational goals and identified 3 steps to improve those that were weak. We then looked at why being a successful student is important to them. We collaborated with classmates to identify tips that others do to be successful with assignments, studying, focusing, and active listening. Our communication knowledge activity was the sender-receiver cycle and the Infamous telephone game, which proved once again that listening skills are something that we all need to work on. Going back in time to grade 2 & 3 and understanding at a higher level that when we use our whole body to listen, we learn better.
This year, I will see the middle school students on the second Tuesday of each month. In, September, Grade 6, 7, and 8 had different activities to learn the “ importance of understanding” that organizational skills are habits that transfer from home, to school, to community. A self-evaluation was completed and a look at chaos was done using an activity of personal space. Chaos increases the stress level which can lead to anxiety and depression. Prioritizing is a daily problem which creates stress when not done correctly or without thought. Making the right choices is something that “tweeners” are learning. An activity to prioritize 10 statements in a tweeners life was examined. Understanding the reason WHY was completed and the class processed the cause and effect. It is important to calm the chaos that surrounds you and this can be done by “clearly saying” what is meant and “hearing what is being said”. A communication activity was done with partners to better understand this process.
Looking forward to a great year!
School Counselor for ACT 89 Program