This month's core value is Teamwork! Students are hearing about the importance of working together, cheering each other on, and treating others with kindness and respect.
What is going on in guidance this month? Our Kindergarteners are becoming personal space experts! They are learning about the importance of maintaining their personal bubble and being careful so as not to burst their classmates bubbles by getting too close. When we have enough personal space, everyone is comfortable. They are learning these things from a funny character Louis, in Julia Cook's Personal Space Camp. Louis just can't figure out why his teacher uses her cranky voice when he demonstrates his knowledge of outer space to his classmates. The kids have enjoyed listening to the story and have done a nice job deciding good choices when it comes to personal space.
First grade is busy learning all about Teamwork. Again, Julia Cook's book, Teamwork Isn't My Thing and I Don't Like to Share has been a great discussion starter on the importance of working together. We finish our time together with a challenge of working together as a class. We stand in a circle and hold hands with a hula hoop in between two people. Students have excelled in figuring out a plan to get the hula hoop all the way around the circle without letting go of hands, there is a bit of a balancing act that goes with it. Once we figure out everyone can do it, we set a goal for ourselves and try to get the hula hoop all the way around the circle in one minute. It's been a lot of fun and the students are demonstrating great teamwork with their classmates!
Last but not least, second grade is discussing Sportsmanship. It's that time of year where spring sports are starting up and we see lots of students practicing and playing their preferred sports out on the playground. Sportsmanship goes beyond the field or the court however, and we've been discussing how we display good sportsmanship here at school and in our classrooms. We listen to the story, Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship and Winning Isn't Everything on wedolisten.org. Students love Howard and he teaches us an important lesson about treating others the way you want to be treated.
As my due date draws near, I have been telling classes that I will see them around school but can make no guarantees that I'll see them next month for our guidance lesson. In my place will be Miss McCauley who recently obtained her school counseling degree. She will do a great job in my absence and I feel confident that the students will love her! April will find all K-2 students learning about Stranger Danger. They will be watching the Stranger Safety DVD and will be coming home with Hot Tips to help keep them safe! Be looking for those in your child's backpack come April!