Mrs. Shomler- School Counselor

Healthy Bodies, Active Minds, Responsible Citizens

Be Thankful!

In light of Thanksgiving, I wanted to do a quick lesson on being thankful.

It is important to remind ourselves and recognize all that we are thankful for.

Start by creating a list of everything you are thankful for in ABC's, then take your top picks and create a Thanksgiving turkey.

A- Adventures, Animals

B- Baking, Bible, Books, Best Friends, Babies

C- Children, Coffee, Chocolate, Choices

D- Dinner Time, Dreams

E- Encouragement, Every Day

F- Friends, Family, Freedom, Fall, Food, Faith, Future

G- Generosity, God

H- Health, Home, Holidays, Hope

I- Integrity, Inspiration, Ideas

J- Job, Joy

K- Kindness, Kids, Knowledge

L- Love, Laughter, Life, Learning

M- Memories, Minds, Movies

N- Nature, Naps

O- Opportunities, Opinions

P- Pets, Passion, Parents, People

Q- Quiet Time, Questions

R- Rain, Relaxation, Religion

S- Siblings, Spouse, Sleep, Sunshine, Summer, Spring, Smiles, Surprises

T- Trust, Traveling, Today, Tomorrow, Time

U- USA, Uniqueness

V- Vehicles, Vacations

W- Winter, Wishes, Weekends, Walks, Water, Work

X- Xeroxing (we couldn’t think of any other X words!)

Y- Youth, Years, You

Z- Zodiac Signs, Zoo (Not many things start with Z…)

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Zones of Regulation

This week in my Zones unit, we focused on coping skills.

Previously, students learned how to identify their feelings into zones

RED

YELLOW

BLUE

GREEN

Last week students were able to identify what puts them in each zone, what they look like when they are in that zone, and how others around them feel when they are in each zone.


Students are finding ways to help them cope with being in each zone.

They identified skills that would help them when they are feeling down or upset, when they are getting too wiggly, or when they are entering the red zone and getting mad.

Some of these are great ideas to talk with your children about using to help them cope with feelings and emotions:

  • Thinking putty
  • Slime
  • Journaling
  • Reading
  • Washing hands
  • Going for a walk
  • Coloring
  • Throwing a ball
  • Counting to 10
  • Deep breathing

There are so many more great ideas, ask your child what helps them calm down.

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Starting a Conversation

Last week we worked on how to start a conversation.

What does this include?

BODY BASICS

1. Face the other person

2. Use eye contact

3. Use an appropriate voice

4. Use the right expression

5. Use the right body posture


STARTING A CONVERSATION

1. Use the body basics (above)

2. Greet the other person

3. Decide what to say

4. Wait for the right time

5. Start speaking


We practiced role-playing these prompts, and the feedback from students stated that it really helped them to understand patience.

Click the links below each book to access a read aloud version of the story

Believe you can, and you will

Patience

What does it take to be patient?

We use patience every day and it is a very important skill to practice and use.


What can you do while you are waiting?

- Read a book

-Talk to a neighbor

-Draw or color

- Play with another friend

- Take a walk

- Look at the scenery


Teaching kids positive things to do while they are waiting, help to build their patience bubble and helps them to be more successful at being patient.

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