Students in all grades have been working really hard during Guidance Lessons this winter! Here’s an update for each grade level:
The kindergarteners have been learning all about feelings! It’s important for young children to be able to identify a range of emotions in order to foster their ability to understand and express how they are feeling. Some of the books we’ve read are:
- Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis (there are additional books in this series and great activity suggestions online at: http://files.harpercollins.com/PDF/TeachingGuides/0061127590.pdf )
- The Way I Feel by Steve Metzger
- The Way I Act by Steve Metzger
- The Way I Feel: When I feel… series by Cornelia Maude Spelman
Upcoming Lessons: Thank you for completing the annual Guidance Homeside Activity with your child. We are having so much fun looking at the creative ways everyone has transformed the letters of their name. Looking ahead, Kindergarten lessons will focus on the topic of cooperation.
In 1st grade, we’ve been focusing on learning different strategies to calm our bodies in times when we are feeling big feelings. 1st graders have done an amazing job identifying a range of different feelings, understanding that everyone has big feelings sometimes – it’s okay!, and trying several different self-regulation strategies. Some of the books we’ve read are:
- I Just Don’t Like the Sound of Not Like the Sound of No By Julia Cook
- Mean Soup By Betsy Everitt
- Angry Octopus By Lori Lite
- Mindful Movements By Thich Nhat Hanh
Upcoming Lessons: Please be on the lookout for the annual Guidance Homeside Activity! Looking ahead, 1st Grade lessons will focus on the topics of helping one another and cooperation.
2nd graders have been exploring feelings and self-regulation strategies through author Julia Cook’s book series as well as Feelings Bingo and the Feelings Card Game. We’ve had some great discussions about how to notice when feelings are getting bigger (i.e. what warning signs do we feel in our bodies when we are getting mad?). Some of the books we’ve read are:
- My Mouth is a Volcano By Julia Cook
- It’s Hard to be a Verb By Julia Cook
- Soda Pop Head By Julia Cool
Upcoming Lessons: Thank you all for completing the annual Guidance Homeside Activity! I have enjoyed reading your feedback about the Feelings Game. I hope that you enjoyed playing it with your family! Looking ahead, 2nd grade lessons will focus on skills to develop friendships.
In 3rd grade, our lessons have focused on developing friendship skills and expressing feelings appropriately. We’ve completely a range of activities, from art-inspired feeling maps to recipes for ‘enemy pie’ – ask your child about these creative activities!
Upcoming Lessons: Exciting News – we’ve just started working on posters to enter in the MARC (Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center) at Bridgewater State University Annual Poster Contest! This year’s 3rd grade question is: What does kindness mean to you? Student are working with a partner to write a paragraph and create a poster in response to this question.
The 4th graders have been sweating their brains learning all about Growth Mindset. I am so proud of their approach to these challenging lessons that ask them to think deeply about their on thinking and approach to learning. Each month, we introduce a new mantra from the book The Growth Mindset Coach, which guides our lessons. Here are the mantras for the next couple of months:
- February: A goal without a plan is just a wish.
- March: Mistakes are opportunities for learning.
Upcoming Lessons: 4th grade lessons will continue to focus on developing Growth Mindsets. Also, we will be starting our entries for the annual poster contest at MARC (Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center) at Bridgewater State University! This year, the 4th grade question is: How do you make yourself feel better when someone isn’t being nice to you?
Here are a couple links to learn more about social emotional learning in education and at home:
CASEL - https://casel.org/in-the-home/
Confident Parents Confident Kids - https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org