Each month, I will be visiting classrooms to teach lessons on a wide variety of subjects.
the school counselor's role
I teach students the meaning and importance of confidentiality. The Howard County Public School System provides each elementary counselor with a poster that states the following:
Everything you talk with me about remains
between us unless you say that:
1. Someone is going to hurt you.
2. You are going to hurt someone else.
3. You are going to hurt yourself.
Then, I have to tell someone to keep you safe.
"Elementary school years set the tone
for developing skills, knowledge, and
attitudes necessary for our children
to become healthy, productive adults.
With a comprehensive developmental
counseling program, counselors work
as a team with school, parents, and
community to create a caring atmosphere
whereby children's needs are met through
prevention, early identification, and intervention."
Source: American School Counselor Association
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Grade level themes
Kindergarten - Kimochis
In Kindergarten, I will be introducing myself with the help of the Kimochis. "Kimochi" is the Japanese word for "feeling", and these fun, plush characters were a big hit with last year's Kindergarteners! In September, I'll start with a general discussion about feelings, and introduce myself as a worker in the school who helps kids with many different feelings. Your child will be bringing home a small coloring book that I used to introduce myself and the Kimochis.
second grade - Worry woos
The Worry Woos teach second grade students to "Embrace their Emotions". Each month I will introduce a new character with a book that will show students that all feelings are okay, and teach strategies for handling those feelings appropriately.
Fourth grade- Kid President
One of the things I love about the intermediate grades is that they are at the age where they appreciate humor. Kid President (his name's Robby) has a way of getting important messages across to kids that they relate to - he is genuine, interesting, and silly. Each classroom visit will focus on a different topic, and I'll reinforce the lesson by ending with words of wisdom from Kid President. Two of my favorite KP quotes: