Students have completed the Skills for Learning unit by learning how to be assertive. Students know that there are times when they may need help at school, at home, or in the community. They learned that being assertive means you can ask for help when you need it by using a voice people can hear, using manners, and stating exactly what it is they need help with. At school we practice being assertive when we ask our friends or teachers for help.
Students will be using the skills for learning throughout the year and I'm looking forward to starting the next unit with students, Feelings & Empathy.
Students have been learning the skill of self talk. We discussed how self talk can help you listen, focus attention, follow directions, and learn. Students practiced using self talk during guidance and I've encouraged them to use self talk to help them stay focused and ignore distractions when they are learning. Self talk is a valuable skill that students can use to help them learn, manage emotions, plan and problem solve. We will be using this skill throughout the year.
One way you could have your child practice using self talk at home is by giving them two step directions and having them practice repeating the directions with their self talk to complete the task.
You can access the Kindergarten and First grade Home Links below for other ways to support the skill of self talk.
Students have now finished Lesson 3: Following Directions. They are learning that when they use the skills of listening and focusing their attention it can help them to follow directions. Following directions is an important skill for learning. You can build your child's ability to follow directions at home through board games and Simon Says. Students are learning that when they repeat directions and think about them in their brain it helps them remember what to do. Practice this at home by giving your child one to three step directions, have them repeat the steps back to you, and ask them to think about the steps in their brain.
If your child is having difficulty following directions start by teaching them a simple three step process:
Students have completed lesson two of our Skill for Learning unit, Focusing Attention. Being able to focus is an important skill. They have learned how to use quality listening skills to help them focus and ignore distractions. Our eyes, ears, and brains help us focus by watching and listening to the speaker and thinking about what the speaker is saying.
You can help your child practice this by encouraging them to focus on you before giving them directions. Below you will find the home link that supports this lesson, along with a picture of students practicing staying focused during puzzle center.
Students have just finished the first lesson of our Skills for Learning unit. Students are learning to listen. Listening is an important skill students need in order to learn and develop good social skills. We have four listening rules we are focusing on:
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! It is hard to believe that students have already finished their first full week of school. I have had a chance to meet all of the students and am so excited to see how they will learn and grow throughout the year. I have been so impressed by how wonderful each class has been. We will begin our first unit next week and students will have an opportunity to apply the skills we are learning during centers. I look forward to sharing more information with you as the year continues.
Back to School Transition
It was so fun to see everyone last night at supply drop off night. This is such an exciting time of year and I look forward to seeing all of the students tomorrow! The first round of guidance lessons students will be learning the expectations and procedures for guidance. They will have an opportunity to explore the centers and get to know other students in their class.
The first day of school can elicit a wide range of emotions for kids (and parents). If your child is having a difficult time transitioning here are some things you can do to help:
I am excited to share that this year I will have my own classroom and students will come to me for guidance lessons. This year I will be using a new resource, Second Step, to teach the following skills: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management, and Problem Solving. There are three expectations for my classroom:
Students will have opportunities to practice and apply the skills learned in guidance lessons. During center rotations they will have to work together in small groups and develop social skills, self-regulation, problem solving, etc. through cooperative play opportunities.