Fourth girl's group meet daily in the guidance room, and we talk/discuss
many girl's topics that they are facing such as self-esteem, girl bullying,
being a bystander, gossip/rumor starting, cliques/social groups, phoney
other social body language.
Friendship Groups are a fun way for kids in the same grade level to
make new friends and practice social skills in a safe, small group
setting. Children are invited to participate in friendship groups for a
variety of reasons. We usually meet over the child's lunch time
Classroom Guidance Lessons
Within the guidance curriculum, six to eight lessons are presented each
school year at every grade level k-5th. Topics for these lessons address
the following program components:
*self-knowledge and acceptance
*friendship making skills and bullying/teasing prevention
The guidance lesson meets with all kindergarten through fifth grade
classrooms one time a month to complete lessons on these various topics.
This year the guidance lessons are going to incorporate the "Don't Laugh At
Me" curriculum for grades 2nd-5th. Letters have gone home to classrooms that
are incorporating guidance lessons in their school day.
TERRIFIC KIDS PROGRAM is taking the place of Character Council this year.
This is a character building program. each month two kids will be nominated
from their homeroom to be TERRIFIC KIDS for the month. The program will
begin in October and run through June of 2013. TERRIFIC KIDS is an acronym
for T-Thoughtful, E-Enthusiastic, R-Responsbile, R-Respectful, I-Inquisitive,
F-Friendly, I-Inclusive, and C-Capable. As a terrific kid for the month,
each student will receive a certificate, a picture that will be placed in the
Dallas Post as a group, and an individual picture placed on "spotlight" up in
the front of the school office. Every month our group of TERRIFIC KIDS from
Dallas Elementary School will work together a few times that month on a
couple of community-wide or school-wide programs. At the end of the school
year, I will draw student's names for gift certificates prizes from local
bookstores. I am excited to have something new happeneding at Dallas
Elementary School which incorporates a large number of children getting
involved with leadership skills and character building. If anybody has any
ideas for utilizing character for our community or school, please forward
these ideas to me.
Mr. Harley and I have begin training for peer helping. We are utilizing
students to help other younger students in the building with such things as
organization, behavior, academic skills, or just "buddy-building." Mr.
Harley and I are excited about using students to help one another to build
better classroom behavior and success.
Social Skills Small Groups
I will beginning in the next month social skills small groups for students
that can utilize a little "extra practice" with skills such a listening,
following directions, anger management, interrupting, ignoring distractions,
and identifying feelings. Entrance to the group will be based on teacher
recommendations and parent permission.