Counselor's Corner

November 2013 School Counseling Department Newsletter

School Counseling Program

This month Mrs. Gessner will be visiting second grade classes to deliver lessons on friendship. The lessons will focus on making and keeping friends. The students will work together to generate the characteristics every good friend should have and through literature will learn effetive ways to solve problems.

Mrs. Luhks will be visiting third grade classrooms to teach lessons on solving conflicts peacefully. The students will also be reviewing and creating presentations and skits on Kelso’s wheel of strategies for solving conflicts. Finally, they will learn to use a problem solving model to come up with solutions to their conflicts (i.e., 1) define the problem, 2) brainstorm solutions, 3) choose a solution to try).

Organizational Skills

Conduct a Weekly Clean Up

~ Encourage your child to go through and sort out book bags and notebooks on a weekly basis. Old papers and tests should be organized and kept in a seperate file at home.

Create a Household Schedule

~ Try to establish and stick to a regular dinnertime and a regular bedtime. This will help your child fall into a pattern when at home. Children with a regular bedtime go to school well rested. Try to limit television watching and computer play to specific amounts of time during the day.

Prepare for the Day Ahead

~ Before your child goes to bed he/she should pack schoolwork and books in a book bag. Clothes should be ironed and laid out with shoes, socks and accessories. This will cut down on morning confusion and allow your child to prepare for the day ahead.

Use Checklists

~ Help your child get into the habit of using a "to-do" list. Checklists can be used to list assignments and household chores and to remind children to bring appropriate materials to class. It is recommended that children keep a small pad or notebook dedicated to listing homework assignments. Crossing completed items off the list will help children feel a sense of accomplishment.