This month I am teaching the school counselor character word “Gratitude” in my school counselor guidance lessons to Kindergarten thru 5th Grade . I have created a story based on two warm fuzzies. One’s name is “Grateful” and the other one is “Thankless”.
These warm fuzzy friends both have basically the same life, but view the world differently. You can read my story as I have posted it on the website under “Counselor Guidance Lessons”. Please refer to the link below to get the school counselor guidance lesson story.
For the month of November I am getting ready for the Thanksgiving holiday. Many of our families are in need of support over the holidays. I enlist the help of several churches in our area that offer free turkeys and canned food for the holiday.
I make sure to send a notice home to all the children who receive our “Backpack Weekend Snack Program.” I will also be sending something home with these students for holiday help for Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, etc.
We use Fill-A-Stocking in our county and Toys for Tots. I also include all of our foster care students on this list. The Department of Family and Children’s Services gives our foster care children gifts, but I want to make sure they have something special from our school as well.
One of the ways we celebrate “Gratitude” in November is by honoring “Veteran’s Day”. I ask the students to write a card and say “Thank You” to the brave men and women who have fought, or have worked in the military.
I believe it is important to say thank you to these folks and also to teach children to appreciate what our military does for us. Our elementary school also has a special lunch we offer our veteran parents or grandparents in November.
I am also in full swing with my school counseling groups. The “Positive Behavior Group” is the most popular. I am seeing some of the same students I saw last year. This makes a great opening line when we try to break the denial of poor behavior. It is somewhat of a wake up call for students in the group.
I use the “Rethink It ©” program for the second part of my school counselor behavior group. This seems to be helping students take responsibility for some of their behavior. I created this program based on the play therapy and visual imagery training I received as a therapist. For more information on this free program see the link below on “Rethink It ©” Positive Behavior Program.
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