Counselor’s Corner

Meredith Larsen

Please contact our School Counselor, Meredith Larsen at

mlarsen@scsdk8.org

or through the Heather School Office 650-508-7303

for information regarding resources and school support.  Mrs.

Larsen is at Heather on Mondays and Thursdays.

 

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Life-Skill Lessons

 

Life-Skill for September 2013- FAIRNESS

This month, Mrs. Larsen visited all classrooms for the life-skill of Fairness.  Fairness means that everyone has what they need to be successful.  It does not always mean that everything is perfectly equal.  Our students defined fairness as sharing, following the rules, taking turns, cooperating, treating others with kindness, and helping others to feel included.   We discussed the picture, below:

Equality

In 1st grade classes ,we read and discussed “Join In and Play” by Cheri Meiners, a book about playing cooperatively, fairly, and safely with others.  We also performed some recess role plays, where the classroom audience gave tips to the actors and actresses on how to solve common recess dilemmas.

joinin

In 2nd through 4th grade  read the story “Sally the Sore Loser” by Frank Sileo.  This story is about a girl who has trouble sharing, playing fairly, and managing her feelings about both winning and losing.  We discussed the ways that Sally could have gotten along better with her friends, and how the friends could have handled the various situations in the story.  In the end, Sally learns some very helpful techniques to calm herself down and problem solve the recess dilemmas that she encounters at school.

Sally

 

Kindergarten classes got 3 exciting visits from Mrs. Larsen.  In the first visit, we read and discussed “Join In and Play” by Cheri Meiners, a book about playing cooperatively, fairly, and safely with others.  We also performed some recess role plays, where the classroom audience gave tips to the actors and actresses on how to solve common recess dilemmas.

In the second visit, we read and discussed “A Bad Case of the Tattle Tongue” by Julia Cook.  Students learned that tattling is when you have a tiny problem that could have been solved on your own, and you choose to tell on someone just to get someone in trouble.   In our tattle game, we discussed the types of problems that a student might need help with, and differentiated those from the types of problems that could be solved on our own and how we would go about doing that.

In our third lesson, Mrs. Larsen discussed listening skills.  She even acted like a student that was breaking the carpet rules- talking to her neighbors, playing with her Velcro shoes, interrupting the teacher, and invading the personal space of her classmates!  The students were shocked by her carpet behavior and discussed the ways she needed to improve.  We read “My Mouth is a Volcano” by Julia Cook, which explains the importance of listening without interrupting in a comical way.  We ended our lesson with the listening game, Simon Says.

TattleVolcano tattle rules

 

Life Skills of the Month- 2013- 2014

September:  Fairness

October:  Safety

November- December:  Compassion

January-February:  Leadership (anti-bullying lessons)

March-April:  Mindfulness

May:  Honesty