February Guidance Newsletter

Lear North Elementary

Tattle Monsters...Beware!!!

Since we've had so many snow/cold days, I have had to push some of my classroom guidance lessons into February. I talked last month about tattling and the book called "Don't Squeal Unless it is a Big Deal" by Jeanie Franz Ransom. The story is about a classroom full of pigs who are always "squealing." I have the kids make their best pig squealing noises, which is exactly what tattling sounds like! The story helps students understand the difference between tattling and reporting big deals, like emergencies. At the end of the lesson, I leave a tattle monster in the classroom. Students write down their tattles on a piece of paper and put it in the "tattle monster," unless it is a "big deal," then they tell the teacher.

Small Group Guidance - Jungle Fun

I have started two lunch bunch guidance groups last month, but unfortunately, we haven't met too many times since because of the snow/cold days. I wanted to show you a few pictures of this cool board game that I created called Jungle Fun. In this game we take turns and when someone lands on a yellow square they have to pick an "All About You" card and ask a question to the group. If someone lands on a red square then they have to pick an "All About Me" card and answer a question about themselves. This is a game that kids really seem to like and is a good get to know you tool.

National School Counseling Week

National School Counseling Week was held from February 3rd - February 7th. I wanted to stress the importance of having school counselors in each building helping students with a variety of issues. For many of us, life moves so fast that focus is elusive. It seems like the only constant is change. Sometimes it's best to step back, take a deep breath, and look at the big picture of what's ahead. It takes determination, persistence, and motivation just to make it through the day, BUT YOU CAN DO IT!!! Albert Einstein, the famous scientist, said, "We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." When you need someone who will listen and help you take that deep breath, remeber that the school counselor is always here for you.