Week 30 April 6-10 Continue On-Line Learning
Week 29 March 30-April 3 On-Line Learning For Students ( Corona Virus )
Piper Learns Something New
This is a short video that helps you to realize during this time, you as students are learning new ways to do things, just like your teachers.
Talk with your parents about 3 things you have learned or discovered while staying at home Ask you parents 3 things they have learned or discovered about staying at home.
Week 28 March 23-27 Packets For Students ( Corona Virus )
Brain Break Yoga (1) Click
Week 27 March 16-20 No School For Students ( Corona Virus )
It is important to talk to your student about what is going on. They are hearing bits and pieces of what is being said and shared.
TALK TO THEM AT THEIR LEVEL OF UNDERSTANDING.
HERE IS A LINK TO HELP: https://momentousinstitute.org/blog/how-to-talk-to-children-about-coronavirus
Week 26 March 9-13 Spring Break
Week 25 March 2-6
Dr. Suess Week with fun activites of; coloring, mazes, search and finds and being flexible with the different events.
Pre-Kindergarten watched the video "SOAR". Never Give Up!!
Week 24 Feb 24-28 Kindness
This Video was for Kindergarten and First grade only.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KsjVUJMWzks Deeper concept, we all need friends ...
This was a video that the kids watched with awe. The perceptions and insight they had of what occured and what it meant to them showed amazing empathy and understanding. I so enjoy when the students can share and teach each other and it sparks an idea that another student can connect to.
Pre-Kindergarten viewed one of the videos from the previous week. (as they see only one in a session) The connection they had with their world around them, as they watched the man show kindness, revealed their growth as they are learning to look around them not just at themselves.
Week 23 Feb 17-21 Kindness
This week the students had the opportunity to view some videos that dealt with Kindness and acts of kindness.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wi0UWLeT9I puppy, bird, and giving
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdYJr03eJjE grown man and random acts of kindness
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6v8OPX4p1A Man buys cake and so on
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enaRNnEzwi4 Sesame street kindness song
It is marvelous to watch a student's eyes light up when they have an "aha" moment as they understand a concept or get the jest of a video. This happened this week for many of the students as we watched, asked, talked, and shared.
We deepened the understanding of the circular pattern of giving kindness, by holding up our left hand and making the shape of a "C" . We then discussed the next event in the story we watched and held up the right hand making a "C". We held our two hands together which completed a circle. The goal was to engage the students and help them understand, when we give kindness results often lead to our recieving kindness and so on... the circular pattern continuing.
Pre-K recieved a Kindness challenge sheet to take home. Enjoy discussing and participating in the kindness challenge with your children!
Week 22 Feb 10-14 A Wrinkled Heart
The Wrinkled Heart is an activity to teach students how our feelings and behaviors affect others.
We started out with a nice red heart with the word feelings written on it. I began by saying unkind things and acts that could hurt someone’s feelings, while each time crumpling a section of the heart. Once the heart was now in a crumpled ball in my hand I asked the students how we could get it back to "normal". The students then began to give encouraging words, kind comments, and helpful action examples. I began to unfold the heart, yet we recognized the wrinkles that couldn't totally be taken away. Perhaps over time the wrinkles could be smoothed out. I wanted the students to truly understand that what we say and do can have a lasting affect on others.
We finished off with this coloring sheet that the students were able to take home and color for the week of Valentines.
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.
STOP! That's Not Cool....Week of Jan 21-25
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.
Week 18-19 Emotions, Feelings and Coping Skills Weeks of Jan 8-17
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