2019-2020 Carver Counseling IntroductionPosted by Sara Newman on 8/1/2019 6:00:00 AM
At Carver Elementary, we endeavor to provide every student with a solid foundation. A solid foundation includes not only academics, but also character development and the social/emotional skills necessary to enjoy positive experiences at school and in the community.
Our school-wide guidance and counseling program provides foundational instruction in both character education and social/emotional awareness. I am so excited to visit all classrooms monthly with engaging and interactive lessons. Lessons are developed using a variety of resources. Some examples include GISD Department of Guidance and Wellness Curriculum, Core Essentials, information from The Whole-Brain Child, by Siegel and Bryson, and many activities that include other children’s books or video clips.
Our youngest scholars in Pre-K through 3rd grade require additional instruction on issues related to safety. During the month of September, I will specifically address things like good touch/bad touch and what to do if you get an “Uh Oh” feeling that something is not quite right. We will view clips of The Ruby Studio Safety Show, which will guide our conversations. You can learn more about Ruby Studio at: http://www.rubysstudio.com/; and, if you would like, please feel free to watch a sample at: https://vimeo.com/92677295.
As always my door, phone, and email are open to you! If you have further questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.
May 2019 PerseverancePosted by Sara Newman on 5/1/2019 5:00:00 AM
Our EAFK trait for May is Perseverance.
-Being persistent in working toward reaching my goals...
-Being determined to strive for excellence despite hardships...
-Being able to think long-term and pursue long-term goals.
Pre-K will watch a video of "The Little Engine that Could", by Watty Piper. They will think about something they would like to do that they have not done before, or that they have done, but would like to do better. They will be encouraged to try, try, try again.
Kinder -2nd graders will learn about Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan. They will watch a short video depicting the scene where Helen finally makes the connection and begins to communicate using sign language. Students will understand that both Helen and Ms. Sullivan showed perseverance by not giving up when the situation felt impossible. They will also be encouraged to set a goal to work toward, and to persevere until they have reached their goal.
3rd-5th graders will learn about Snowflake Bentley, the man who discovered no two snowflakes are alike, and who took the first photographs of snowflakes which are still admired today. They will watch a short film documenting his work. They will also be encouraged to set a goal to work toward, and to persevere until they have reached their goal.
Food for Thought:
Perseverance is sometimes referred to as "grit". When we demonstrate grit and persevere through difficult situations, we come out feeling stronger, smarter, and better about ourselves. Perseverance builds self-confidence.
April 2019 TrustworthinessPosted by Sara Newman on 4/12/2019 9:00:00 PM
Our EAFK character trait for April is Trustworthiness. The definitions we are using include:
Being someone other people can trust; Always keeping your promises; and Being loyal to your friends and family.
In addition to the trait, we will also take a closer look at the GISD initiative of Conflict Resolution.
Pre-K: We will read the book, I Am a Good Friend, by Sharon Coan. We will discuss how we know we can trust someone, and the different behaviors and choices we make each day to earn the trust of others. Pre-K students will also be introduced to the Kelso's Choices Conflict Resolution Wheel, so they have some prior knowledge of this tool as they enter Kinder in the fall.
K-2: We will read the book, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, by B.G. Hennessy. We will discuss what behaviors characterize trustworthiness and complete a bubble map on the board. We will also review the Kelso's Choices Conflict Resolution Wheel and ways to use the tool, and add solving problems in a peaceful way to our trustworthiness bubble map. Students will have an opportunity to share stories from their own experiences with trustworthiness.
3-4: We will discuss what behaviors characterize trustworthiness and complete a bubble map on the board. Two students will be chosen to participate in a trustworthiness experiment, and perform it before the group. Discussion of the experiment and student observations will follow, as we learn what works and does not work with trustworthiness. We will also review the Kelso's Choices Conflict Resolution Wheel and ways to use the tool, and add solving problems in a peaceful way to our trustworthiness bubble map.
5th graders will continue with D.A.R.E. lessons in the month of April.
March 2019 ConfidencePosted by Sara Newman on 3/8/2019 5:00:00 AM
Our character trait for March is Confidence. The EAFK definitions we are using include:
Being content with who you are without comparing yourself to others...
Believing in yourself and your abilities...
Having the assurances that you can fulfill your life dreams.
Along with our trait we have a GISD initiative which is Emotional Intelligence and Coping Skills.
Pre-K & Kinder: Students will view the Seseme Street video, "Name That Emotion Game Show with Murray." They will identify what emotion each character is displaying. Following the discussion, students will learn Slow Motion Breathing, and how to use it to self-calm so they may better manage their "Big" emotions.
1st -2nd Grade: Students will enjoy a read-aloud and booktalk of the book, Your Fantastic Elastic Brain, by Deak. They will learn that the brain controls the emotions, and that feelings follow our thinking. They will also learn Slow Motion Breathing, and how to use it to self-calm so they may better manage their "Big" emotions.
3rd - 4th Grade:
Students will watch a brief video about the brain to learn that feelings follow our thoughts. When we have thoughts about a situation that are angry or upsetting thoughts, it affects how we feel about the situation. We might say that these are “hot thoughts”, which stoke the fire of our emotions. One way to regain control is to think “cool thoughts”, or thoughts which will douse or put out those fire-types of thoughts. Following the discussion, students will learn Slow Motion Breathing, and how to use it to self-calm so they may better manage their "Big" emotions. Understanding what we are feeling and from where those feelings come helps us better manage our emotions. When we use calming activities to relax we are better able to process the problem to find solutions. When we manage our emotions well, we feel more confident.
D.A.R.E. lessons will be provided by the WILCO Sheriff's Department each week this spring to our 5th grade students.
February 2019 ServicePosted by Sara Newman on 2/1/2019 5:00:00 AM
Our character trait for February is Service. The Early Act First Knight program describes Service as: Working as a volunteer for your school or community; Working cooperatively with others on a project; and Having a concern for social problems such as poverty and pollution.
Service is such an important character concept to instill in children, so much so that it is included in the mission and vision of Georgetown I.S.D.Mission: Inspiring and empowering every learner to lead, grow, and serve.
Vision: Home of the most inspired students, served by the most empowered leaders.
This month all students Kinder through 5th grade will participate in the Carver Kindness Service Project. Following the lesson on service, students will be randomly buddied with same grade peers to exchange acts of service in the form of a "kindness". They will jot their kindnesses on confetti squares and post them on grade level banners displayed in each grade level hallway.
The Carver Kindness Club also has a service opportunity for our school community. We will collect coins to donate to the Ronald McDonald House at Dell Children's Hospital. They provide free of charge lodging to families visiting their child while they are hospitalized.
January 2019 DisciplinePosted by Sara Newman on 1/8/2019 5:00:00 AM
Our character trait for January is Discipline. The EAFK definitions we are using include:
Working diligently to achieve a worthy goal without being distracted...
Having control over your thoughts and actions so you can make good choices...
Realizing that your daily habits have long-term consequences.
Along with our trait we have a GISD initiative which is Goal Setting and Grit or Resilience.
Pre-K: This month the Pre-K students will discover strategies to help them wait as they watch and respond to a video, "The Waiting Game with Guy Smiley and Cookie Monster."
Kinder: Students will talk about self-discipline and respond to a video of "The Marshmallow Test", where children demonstrate their ability to delay gratification for a reward, or not. They will decide if certain activities are examples or non-examples of self-discipline.
1st -2nd Grade: Students will view an animation of Dr. Seuss's "Oh, the Places You Will Go". They will complete an activity in which they will have an opportunity to share a personal goal, and consider possible obstacles to their reaching that goal. They will decide if certain activities are examples or non-examples of self-discipline.
3rd - 5th Grade: Students will view an animation of Dr. Seuss's "Oh, the Places You Will Go". They will complete an activity in which they will have an opportunity to share a personal goal, and consider possible obstacles to their reaching that goal. They will also be encouraged to think about a solution for how to go around that obstacle to continue working toward their goal.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
*Discipline means "to teach." Teaching begins early before children ever enter school, and should continue until they are fully grown. The following link provides many basics about teaching and training children that may be helpful to parents. (HINT: It's NOT just for "toddlers-preschoolers.)
December 2018 CompassionPosted by Sara Newman on 12/1/2018 5:00:00 AM
Our character trait for December is Compassion. The Early Act First Knight Definitions we are using this month include: Demonstrating care and concern for the welfare of others...Helping other people when they are in need...and Being kind, considerate and generous to others.
As part of our learning about compassion this month, the Carver Kindness Club Leadership Team created a Compassion Project for our students. We are participating in a cereal and coat drive for The Caring Place. The Caring Place has placed blue bins around our campus and students may bring in either hot or cold types of cereal and either gently used or new coats to share.
Students will learn in guidance lessons that showing compassion is like kindness that meets a need for someone. When someone has a present need, and we notice, we can try to meet that need. When we do, we are demonstrating compassion.
In December, we will also discuss Digital Citizenship. Please check your child's folder before the break and review the Family Tip Sheets to help students stay safe online.
More resources for staying safe online may be found at www.commonsensemedia.org.
November 2018 CitizenshipPosted by Sara Newman on 11/1/2018 5:00:00 AM
October 2018 FriendlinessPosted by Sara Newman on 10/1/2018 5:00:00 AM
September 2018 Responsibility/RespectPosted by Sara Newman on 9/1/2018 5:00:00 AM
Our character trait for September combines Responsibility and Respect. The EAFK definitions we are using this month for Responsibility include: being dependable, doing the things you know need to be done, and making good choices. The EAFK definitions for Respect we are using this month include: treating others the way you want to be treated; demonstrating courtesy and good manners; and resolving problems in a peaceful way.
Parents may introduce children to responsibility by providing opportunities for them to demonstrate the trait at home. Starting with small things the child may do, such as picking up toys, placing dirty clothes into a hamper, or just placing items back where they are kept, children can learn about doing the things that need to be done. Older children may be asked to show parents their school planner, work on homework, or help with other chores around the house to demonstrate being responsible. All children may be encouraged to make and reinforced for making good choices to demonstrate responsibility.
Respect is a foundational trait, which affects every area of a person's ability to interact well with others. Please reinforce this theme with your child at home. Talk about what it looks like and sounds like to show respect. Please remind your child that when everyone treats others in a respectful way, we all benefit.
In addition to our character trait lesson, each class will have an additional lesson this month. Pre-K to 3rd grade students will learn that they may show respect and demonstrate responsibility by making good choices and by keeping oneself safe. 4th and 5th grade students will learn that another type of responsibility is seeking support when it is needed.
Pre-K through 3rd grade classes will learn about/review personal safety by watching segments of "The Safety Show" DVD by Ruby's Studio. Students will learn several ways to stay safe. They will also be encouraged to learn their parent's name and phone number, information that is important to have in case they happen to get lost. (Please also refer to the Parent Introduction to Guidance Lessons blog posted 08/29/18.)
4th and 5th grade classes will complete a GISD Student Needs Questionaire. They will have the opportunity to answer yes/no questions about school and personal concerns they may or may not be experiencing. Information from these questionaires will be used to address and offer support for student concerns which appear significant. Students will also be encouraged to seek support from a trusted adult any time they feel it is needed.