Here is an overview of what we are doing at each school and grade.
Kindergarten: Zones of Regulation is the current unit. Specifically, focusing on staying in the GreenZone and what to do if we are in the Yellow and Red Zone. How do we get back to the Green Zone. Ask your child about the strategies that we have discussed, practiced, and use at school. You may have seen our Calm Down Jars that students brought home. Hugging a stuffed animal is another strategy.
First Grade: At UID we also have been working on the Zones of Regulation. At UCS we have been working on the theme of Kindness and completed our Kindness Videos.
Second Grade: At UID we are using the Conflict Flower to guide our student videos. The conflict flower helps us problem solve when there is a small problem with a peer.
At UCS we are working on the Kindness Videos since first and second grades are combined.
Third Grade: In third grade students created videos based off the Kindness Boomerang project. We continue to work on the kindness theme and are doing Reader's Theater in small groups. At UCS third grade is combined with the fourth grade.
Fourth Grade: Students are working towards their Community Service Learning Projects (CSL). At UCS we are working on empathy, communication, and respect. In addition, we will be using glow and grow as a guideline to give and receive feedback. Glow means something you are doing well and grow means something you can can work on.
In addition to classroom guidance I work with students in small groups and individually. I am open to doing projects that are student driven and work on improving social relationships and community identity.
Third grade students at UID brainstormed what kindness looks like, sounds like and feels like. We watched this video: The Kindness Boomerang and students created their own version. Students had to use communication, cooperation, and empathy to plan what would be included in their project. Each group had a playscript outline to follow before the actual recording. This video was shared at our monthly school wide assembly.
I am at UID on Mondays and Tuesdays and UCS on Wednesdays and Thursdays. The guidance program delivers a comprehensive and developmental program to all students. Throughout the day I provide weekly classroom lessons, small group instruction, and one to one check ins. I am available to all students and can help with friendship troubles, family changes, self-regulation, self-esteem, and social thinking.
In first and second grade we are working on a unit called Kindness. The unit includes a project where students make their own movies.