As you may now know, I am in rotations for Specials with Kindergarten and First Grade Monday thru Thursday for Character Time. I will have the oppurtunity to see the students for 30 minutes in rotation each week. It's going to be GREAT!
NEW NOTICE: I have added Pre-K to the special character rotation Monday - Thursday. A different class each day.
Week 20 & 21 Tattling vs. Telling Jan 27-31 and Feb 3-7
Have you ever said to a child, maybe even your own, "Quit tattling!" Does your child know the difference between tattling and telling? In character, we will talk about the difference between the two and discuss examples of both.
A powerpoint will be used with specific examples along with discussion. Asking the question to your child/student, " Is anyone hurt? Is anyone going to be hurt?" helps them think through the concept. I used basic words that start with the letter "B" when they should tell an adult!
Broken Bones, Blood, Bruise, Barfing, Bullying, and Breaking (something that belongs to someone else)
Tattling is most often when a student is trying to get someone in trouble.
In Character along with the support of the staff in class, we are trying to teach the students to use their word's and let others know how they feel; " Stop! That's not cool! or Stop! I don't like that!" This helps give power to the student and it also helps them learn how to work through life's situations. Plus the teachers know to look around and see what is going on if they hear a student say these phrases.
The 1st week of February, the students will have a color page with additional discussion. 1st grade will play a sorting game as well with different examples.
Week 18-19 Emotions, Feelings and Coping Skills Weeks of Jan 8-17 and Jan 21-25
The students will be matching snowman faces to emotional words. Through this game we will all begin to identify facial expressions and body language with specific vocabulary words. The lesson will continue as the students begin to understand that they are in charge of their emotions and they have the ability to deal with those emotions. As adults we use the words coping skills.
Week 15 & 16 Guest Speakers with Comal County Week of Dec 2-6 & 9-13
The team will share lessons on Boundaries, Emotions and Self Control
Week 14 Being Thankful Week of Nov 18-22
Did you ever play the game Pick-up Sticks as a kid? This is a homemade version of Pick-up Sticks, with a twist.
With this game, each time you pick up a stick you have to name something you are grateful for. Each color represents a different type of thing. It’s a great way to get the kids really thinking, in different ways, about all that they can be grateful for!
To play, you hold all of the sticks in your hand and drop them. They will fall randomly and that is great. Then each player takes a turn pulling a stick from the pile. You cannot make any other sticks move or you lose your turn and do not get to collect the stick. Everyone wins in this game!
The twist; when you pick up a stick you must say something you are thankful for according to the stick color and the chart provided. ……If you move a stick, you still get to say something you are thankful for.
Week 11and 13 Germs! Germs! Germs!
A fun activity to help the students understand a simple way germs spread began our classes when I greeted them at the door with high fives (with glitter on my hands). Many looked at their hands and realized the glitter came from me. Such an easy discussion followed and the experience became even more real when the only way to get the glitter off was to wash our hands with soap and water! A video was enjoyed as we learned even more....
Week 10 Red Ribbon Week
With our Primary students, my goal for Red Ribbon Week was to help the students understand the difference between Medicine and "Drugs" We had a video that went along with our lesson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyN24KJUQzU&list=RD9Ih4tBBiPTc&index=3
Week 7 - 9 started a new unit on Manners.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o1WJnbJDTS0 This video is a simple yet powerful example of using our manners.
It is enjoyable to watch the students put into practice that which they are learning.
Week 6 we moved into a Growth Mindset and the similarities with the power of YET!
The video enjoyed was titled "Soar" https://vimeo.com/148198462
Week 5 continues "The Power of YET!"
Pip the Puppy Video was really enjoyed by the students. They were able to relate to the puppy being small but still helping and making a difference when he didn't give up!
Week 4 we began our series, "The Power of YET!"
The students had fun with a video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLeUvZvuvAs
we then discussed and related "The power of YET" in their lives. We are learning that we don't give up and quit, but we try again and change our brain to hear ourselves say, "I don't know how to do this, YET!"
Week 3 our lesson was, "What is a friend?"
We reviewed qualities of a good friend. The class held their hand up as if it were a mirror and used the concept of looking in the mirror to see what we saw. Did we see a person that was friendly, helpful and kind?
Did we see someone who was mean, grumpy, and selfish?
Week 2 our lesson was, "Stop that's not cool!"
KCP Counselor P.Vaughan
Phone: 830-780-2321 (ext 663)
Degrees and Certifications:
2007 Texas A&M Kingsville Masters in School Guidance and Counseling 1988 Texas A&M Bachelors in Secondary Physical Education with a minor in Health. Teacher Certification in; Secondary 6-12 Physical Ed. and Health Ed. All Level K-12 Special Education All Level 1-8 Self Contained Education School Guidance and Counseling