November Book Review & Activities: Kindness to Share from A to Z

November 19, 2012

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to involve your students in a community service project or to remind them to behave kindly.  Kindness to Share from A to Z written by Todd & Peggy Snow is the perfect tool to inspire your students to help others.  This book provides children with 26 simple ways […]

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Thanksgiving Activities

November 11, 2012

  Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate relationships, acknowledge blessings, and to find opportunities to help others.  The following activities are a fun and creative approach that will highlight the importance of being thankful and giving back to others. Turkey Time   What would a Thanksgiving blog be without the iconic Turkey Activity?!  Like many […]

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Halloween Must-Have Treats for Your Sandtray

October 31, 2012

Halloween is the perfect opportunity to stock up on some great resources for your sand tray. Halloween miniatures may be used to symbolize loss, death, trauma, or fear. Keep your eyes open for skeletons, bones, spiders, ghosts, monsters, tombstones, bugs, bats, witches, etc. while hunting for your favorite candy in your child’s bag of treats. […]

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Talking Stress Balls

October 24, 2012

Stress balls are a great relaxation tool to use with both children and adults. I found these talking stress balls on the Office Playground website. I received my order last week on an especially stressful day.  However, that all changed as soon as I opened my box and began squeezing! The funny looking man in […]

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October Book Review & Activity: Simon’s Hook by Karen Burnett

October 15, 2012

This book is an excellent tool to use to educate students on how to respond to teasing.   I love that the book focuses on supporting the person being bullied instead of the person doing the bullying.  Simon’s Hook provides five specific strategies to help students keep their power instead of reacting in a way that […]

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Implementing a school-wide bully prevention program

October 11, 2012

October is Bully Prevention Awareness Month making it the perfect time to explore the steps, highlights, and challenges of implementing a school-wide bully prevention program.  While working as a school counselor in Ganado, Texas, I was hired through a Safe Schools grant focused on implementing a school-wide bully prevention program.  Our district chose to adopt the […]

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Counselor Chill Corner: activity # 6 Auromatherapy scented cards

October 5, 2012

Did you know that our sense of smell is connected to our emotions?  There are several essential oils that are thought to produce a calming effect in both adults and children.  This activity is perfect for a small group, but may also be used in classroom guidance if you are willing to prepare the cards before visiting the […]

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Counselor Chill Corner: activity #5 my good points

September 27, 2012

My Good Points is the perfect activity for a student who is experiencing a challenging day.  It is easy to focus on the negative or our weaknesses when we are upset or are feeling defeated.  My Good Points challenges the student to list at least five great things about him or herself.  The student will […]

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The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds: book review and activities

September 12, 2012

I highly recommend this book to anyone who works with children or is a parent. I have to fight back the tears every time I read this story.  I too was a reluctant learner and lacked self-confidence as a child.  For this very reason, I decided to enter the world of education so that I might […]

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Face Cutout Picture Stand: Face it who wants to be in a bad mood?

September 4, 2012

I’ve encountered my fair share of students who need cheering up!  I am a big fan of the happy picture.  The happy picture is an activity I do with many of my students who have a difficult time stopping an unwanted thought.  I ask the student to draw a picture of something that makes him […]

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