||School Counseling classroom lessons
Second Step Curriculum
Howard B. Wigglebottom
CLASSROOM LESSONS (R.E.A.C.H.):
Once every day six day rotation, I will teach a lesson in your child's classroom in one of the following areas, Responsibility, Emotions, Academic Success, careers, Character Education, and Healthy Choices otherwise known as "R.E.A.C.H. Class" in your child's words. Each lesson is 35 minutes in length and will focus on personal/social, academic, and careers. I visit each classroom approx. 15 times per school year. You will likely see handouts come home with your child. These are meant for families to transfer the learning at school to home. These are not "assignments" unless otherwise indicated and otherwise do not need to be returned to school. A core curriculum used in R.E.A.C.H. classes for Kindergarten is We Do Listen. The core curriculum used in R.E.A.C.H. classes (1st and 2nd grade only) is an evidence based curriculum called "Second Step". It promotes success in school beyond reading and math by helping children know how to learn and how to get along with others. The critical skills that both curriculums include:
Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with school work.
Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn hoe to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings such as anxiety or anger.
Problem Solving: Students learn a process for problem solving with others in a positive way with good sportsmanship.
We Do Listen is created by the We Do Listen Foundation, a non-profit foundation made up of artists, designers, educators, therapists, parents and teachers who all share a vision for a kinder world. This curriculum contains lessons using educational books, videos, games, and songs to help teach your child to listen, get along with others as well as other important life lessons including feelings, anger management, problem solving and more. Children who are exposed early to these skills can better cope with the ever changing world we live in.
Parents of 1st and 2nd graders: Make sure to join www.secondstep.org with the following activation keys to watch videos about the Second Step Program and to get information about what your child in learning!
First Grade: SSP1 FAMI LY71
Second Grade: SSP2 FAMI LY72
Your child will need your help! Second Step has created Home Links. Home Links will come home with your child. They are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together, however, these are not required to come back to school.
Classroom and small group lessons are designed around content themes. They include:
STUDENT CONTENT STANDARDS:
Standard A: Students will acquire the attitudes, knowledge, and skills that contribute to successful learning in school and across the life span.
Standard B: Students will develop the academic skills and attitudes necessary to make effective transitions from elementary to middle school, from middle school to high school, and from high school to a wide range of postsecondary options.
Standard C: Students will understand how their academic experiences prepare them to be successful in
the world of work, in their interpersonal relationships, and in the community.
Standard D: Students will acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and interpersonal skills to understand
themselves and appreciate the diverse backgrounds and experiences of others.
Standard E: Students will demonstrate effective decision-making, problem-solving, and goal-setting skills.
Standard F: Students will understand and use safety and wellness skills.
Standard G: Students will acquire the self-knowledge necessary to make informed career decisions.
Standard H: Students will understand the relationship between educational achievement and career
Standard I: Students will employ career management strategies to achieve future career success and
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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COUNSELING PROGRAM