Counselor’s Corner

October 4, 2018

Hello parents! I have an available sign up form for parent teacher conferences online, please go to https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0E4DADAC28A7FC1-mskeim to sign up for an appointment. Thank you and I look forward to seeing you!

 

September 24, 2018

Hello parents! This week we are participating in Start With Hello Week.This program enables students to make a difference with their peers in a simple, fun, and impactful way by encouraging them to take small but powerful actions to promote connectedness and inclusion, and to identify and help others who are showing signs of social isolation. We have quite a few activities that we are focusing on this week. Here is our current list of activities for the week: 

Monday:  

·         Today’s challenge is to find someone that doesn’t sit near you and share with them one fun thing about your weekend. Then ask them to share one fun thing about their weekend!

·         Have leadership group arrive by 7:10 to greet all students arriving to the playground and to band.

·         Make an announcement in the morning

·         Poster for all students to sign with hello my name is…

 

Tuesday: 

·         Today for our “start with hello” challenge we want you to share three of your favorites with someone sitting near you. You could share your favorite food, color, TV show, song, game, part of school or place to go on vacation. See if you have anything in common with your neighbor!

·         Chalk art outside

·         Morning announcement

·         Poster for all students to let us know their favorite candy

 

Wednesday: 

·         Today on recess your challenge is to be a detective. Is there someone who looks lonely? Is someone by themselves or looking sad? Be a detective and if you find someone who is lonely go up to them and ask them to play!

·         Morning announcement

·         Poster- favorite subject

·         Take what you need posters around school, things like peace, love, friendship, laughter, confidence, support 

 

Thursday:

·         Find someone in your class you don’t talk to a lot and start a game of ‘would you rather’. Would you rather have summer weather all year long or winter weather all year long? Would you rather have 10 brothers or sisters or no brothers or sisters at home? Get creative and have fun learning more about a classmate!

·         Morning announcement

·         Poster – favorite animal

·         Have every student have a positive message written to them on a sticky note on their desk when they arrive for the day, i.e. Good morning Joe, have a fabulous day!

 

Friday:

·         Today is “No one eats alone today”. We want you to mix it up at lunch. Sit with someone else from your class today. If you need topics for conversation remember what you practiced this week. Discuss your upcoming weekend, discuss your favorites, or play a game of ‘would you rather!’. Have fun learning more about a classmate!

·         Morning announcement

·         Poster- favorite hobby

 

August 2018

Welcome back to all our returning families and students and our new families and students! I am looking forward to having a great year and am so fortunate to work with such a great community like the one we have at Gabe’s. I am here to help you and your child with any social emotional needs that may impact your child at school. Please know that my door is open to you and your child so feel free to contact me if I can be of any assistance.

I will be updating my blog with topics we are working on, parenting tips and any news and events so please keep an eye out on my blog for updates.

Here’s to a great school year!

 

 

April counseling lesson theme: Career Awareness 

Hands-On Career Awareness Activities and Clubs: Inspiring Career Curiosity

While online games are fun, hands-on activities and clubs can give kids the chance to ask questions and explore their interests in more depth:

  1. Creating a family career tree gives your child the chance to interview family members, asking questions about their career choices and history.
  2. Taking family field trips to museums, police or fire stations, airports, television stations, and other businesses can give students a behind-the-scenes look at the people who keep our local businesses running.
  3. Participating in your company’s Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day allows your student to observe firsthand how you and your co-workers earn a living.
  4. Joining local branches of the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, YMCA or YWCA, Junior Achievement, or career clubs at your school can connect children to career-focused field trips, guest speakers, and volunteer activities that build job skills.

With some conscious effort, we can point our students to a breadth of career possibilities outside our own experience.

To the parents of the students in the leadership group: 

I apologize for the late notice but just saw this training. I do not have any more information than this but please contact me for more questions. Thanks!

Born To Be Leaders- Teen Leadership Conference

by Virtualocity, LLC

Free: Lunch donation $20/child

Sat, April 28, 2018, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM CDT

Description

This is a Leadership Certification Workshop for Middle School and High School students!! This program is designed to unite and further develop young leaders in St. Louis City and County areas. If you are a middle or high school student that desire to make a difference in your community and lead change, come get Certified and partner with other young leaders to influence change globally!!! We are seeking both girls and boys to join Our Daughters Inc. and Our Sons Inc. and become Certified Global Community Service & Social Change Ambassadors!!!! Registration deadline March 25th 2018!! Special guest speakers!!!! More information coming!!!

Lunch Donation $20/per child

Submit donations at loveourdaughters.com

Topics covered include:

  • Knowing yourself
  • Daring to be different
  • Leadership/ Personal Compass
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Vision
  • Resilience
  • Bullying
  • Active Shooter & Self Defense
  • Community Service
  • Leading Social Change

Date and Time

Sat, April 28, 2018

9:30 AM – 5:00 PM CDT

Location

Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Louis Airport

11237 Lone Eagle Drive

Bridgeton, MO 63044

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/born-to-be-leaders-teen-leadership-conference-tickets-44051117077?aff=es2

 

March 2: This month we will be focusing on decision making & time management in our classroom lessons.

Here are five ways to help children develop good decision-making skills that you can do at home.

Parents can help children learn how to make good decisions by effectively guiding and supporting them as they practice.

1. Allow children to practice making choices

Giving children opportunities to make choices helps to build their sense of responsibility, as well as their decision-making skills. It is important that the choice really is theirs, so provide options that you will be happy with no matter which they choose. Showing interest in their choice helps to reinforce that you see their decisions as important.

2. Talk about everyday decisions

Involve children in your own decision-making. For example, you might say, “I’m trying to decide whether to take up a sport to get fit or go to a dance class. Which do you think I should do?” Talk through the advantages and disadvantages of each suggestion so your child can learn how to thoughtfully evaluate different options.

3. Support children to use decision-making steps

As children develop their skills for thinking through decisions, teach them these steps of decision-making and show them how to use them effectively:

  • identify the decision to be made
  • think of options
  • evaluate the options and choose the best one
  • put your choice into action and check how it works.

4. Ask questions that promote thoughtful decisions

Asking open-ended questions that prompt children to think through their reasons for choosing a particular option helps them learn how to evaluate options and think through consequences. Some good questions include, “What do you like about that?”, “What makes this the best option?”, “How would this work?”

5. Encourage children to set achievable goals

Setting their own goals to work towards encourages children to plan and think ahead. It helps them understand the link between making decisions and taking action.

It is important that the goals set are achievable and motivating for the child. In addition, the steps needed to reach goals need to be definite, clear and small enough for the child to manage. Providing praise and acknowledgment for small steps of progress supports children to meet their goals.

Appropriate goals for children to choose include developing a new skill (eg. learning to play chess, learning to swim), improving performance in school work or in an area of particular interest (eg. learning to play a particular piece of music, master a difficult skill in sport), or earning pocket money to save for something special.

Source: https://www.kidsmatter.edu.au/families/enewsletter/five-tips-help-children-develop-decision-making-skills

11 Easy Tips to Teach Your Kids Time Management Skills

1. Make Time Management Fun

Grown-ups tend to associate time management with carpools, bedtimes, endless appointments and PTA meetings.

The stress can make you want to throw the clock out the window.

Learning time management should be fun for kids, though. Use crayons to color your own calendars. Add stickers to mark special days. Make it a game to see who can complete simple tasks around the house that usually take up a lot of time, such as brushing their teeth, putting on their shoes or getting their backpacks ready for school tomorrow. The more fun you make time management for your kids, the easier it will be to get them to understand time’s importance and how to manage that constantly ticking clock.

2. Start Before They’re Teens

Of course you can teach teens time management skills too. But the earlier you start, the better for them and the easier your days will be.

Your preschoolers can learn through small tasks completed in short blocks of time, such as putting on their clothes or cleaning up their toys. Your school-age children can begin with set start and end times they need to complete their homework and simple age-appropriate chores around the house

3. Show Your Kids How to Measure Time

Even children who know how to tell time don’t necessarily know how to measure time. Help them out by setting a timer during a block of time when they’re supposed to be completing a task. Keep a clock close by and give them a verbal countdown as the minutes tick by so they can begin getting an internal feel for these time segments.

You’re not trying to teach your kids to live by the clock. Your goal is simply to help them understand what an hour, 15 minutes or even five minutes feels like. The next time you say, “We leave in five minutes,” they’ll know that doesn’t mean they have time to play with their toys, watch TV and clean their room first.

4. Create a Family Calendar Together

Family calendars are the road map to everyone in your house’s commitments. One look and you know one of your children has scouts on Monday, the other has basketball on Tuesday and all of your kids have gymnastics, karate and choir practice on Wednesday.

The whole family should be involved in creating the one document that keeps all of you on track. Banner paper is perfect for family calendars because it can be drawn on, colored on or painted on. Make it a family art activity so that everyone can learn who has what commitments on which days. Color code your calendar so that every person has their own color for their schedule. This simple activity helps children see days at a time in one place so they can begin to understand what goes into keeping your family on schedule. Another bonus is you can use your planning activity to make the most of family time together.

5. Create Calendars for Each Family Member

In addition to creating a family calendar, each child should have his own calendar too. That way, he can have his own schedule to keep in his room that’s more detailed for his personal needs than the family calendar.

Break this calendar down by tasks for the day or week. Encourage your kids to use their personal calendar to add new tasks and mark off completed ones too. This can be everything from what it takes to get ready for a soccer game to what projects he needs to complete before the science fair.

6. Stay on Task

It’s tempting to let the kids have a few more minutes of play time when they’re getting along so well. Or there are those days when you want the kids to spend more time studying, even though your time management plan calls for them to start getting ready for bed at 7:00.

As your kids are just beginning to learn about time management, stay on task. When time’s up, move on to what’s next on your schedule no matter how involved they’re in in that current task. Straying even a few minutes away from the schedule can throw kids off. Stick to your schedule, especially in those early days and weeks of learning about time management.

7. Don’t Overschedule Your Kids

One of the most common mistakes we make as parents is that we try to make sure our kids get to participate in every activity after school. What we end up doing is overscheduling the entire family to the point that our schedule can be packed every day of the week.

Do your entire family a favor and don’t overschedule your kids. Instead of learning about time management the right way, all they feel is a constant go, go, go that has them craving a few minutes of downtime. Overscheduling throws their clock off and yours too. Try to avoid it so all of you can get a better handle on time management.

8. Schedule Free Time

Making a schedule and sticking to it is important. Part of that schedule should include free time.

Those blocks of time to do nothing are great moments in learning time management. Solo play time can be fun and unstructured but it can also have a start and end time when your kids are trying to grasp the basics of managing their time. This also helps them learn that time management isn’t all about getting ready to go somewhere or finishing up a structured activity on time. Great time management also means you have moments to play.

9. Use Kid-Friendly Time Management Tools

From apps to colorful magnetic calendars, add kid-friendly time management tools to your lineup. The key is to use visuals and techniques that relate to your kids. Only you will know what works best with each of your child’s learning styles.

Apps can appeal to kids who love technology. Magnetic calendars for kids let your kids visually plan their days with colorful magnets for everything from sports practices to holidays.

You can always get creative and make your own time management tools to work for your family’s unique schedule too.

10. Consider Rewards

Yes, you can reward kids for good time management and those perks can be great motivators. Rewards can be daily or weekly and you should decide on those rewards together as family.

Be creative with your rewards. Sure, you can opt to give your kids time playing a video game as a reward. Even better, make it a family reward. A week of following that study schedule could equal a family night at the movies. Younger kids can focus on rewards in shorter time periods, such as playing a board game together for completing three or four goals on his schedule. The point is to turn those time management rewards into time well spent with your family as a result.

11. Help Them Establish Daily Priorities

Remember this: first, next, last. It’s that simple. Younger children may not understand what a priority is but you can still teach them the concept of it.

Depending on age, most children don’t see the big picture of priorities. Your fourth grader isn’t thinking about getting into college with every homework assignment he completes. Your preschooler isn’t picturing her scribbles hanging in a museum one day when she’s a famous artist. Their priorities are generally on the weekly, daily or even hourly scale.

Help them organize their day using a first, next, last method. Kids should think of what comes first in their day, such as brushing their teeth. Then they can move to what needs to come next, like having their school books ready in the morning and completing homework before bed. Finally, they should plan what should come last in the day. They can brush their teeth before bed and lay out their clothes for tomorrow.

Helping your kids prioritize their day is something they can use throughout life and will help them get the most important tasks done daily and weekly, while setting each one up to complete long-term goals as well. Start small with daily priorities before moving to weekly and monthly priorities. You’ll instantly set your kids up for success and soon have children who are masters of time management.

Source: https://www.thespruce.com/how-to-teach-your-kids-time-management-skills-4126588