Kindergarten to 8th Grade Life Skills Classes: October 2014 Summary
by Monica Sanchez, DSA School Counselor
As school counselor, my goal is to ensure the social and emotional well-being of each student at Divine Savior Academy. Each month I have the privilege of meeting with all kindergarten to 8th grade??homeroom classes for 25-40 minutes to??teach various character building skills related to the student???s school and personal life. October was the second month that I had the opportunity to meet with all students. Here is a summary of what we learned??last month:
Kindergarten met Howard B. Wigglebottom and heard about how Howard, ???Learns to Listen.?????Our??kindergarten students focused on how to be better listeners at home, school, and with their friends. Each student made their own Howard to take home as a reminder of the day???s lesson.
1st grade focused this month on learning the differences between ???tattling and reporting.??? Reporting is when we must warn an adult if someone is hurt, danger or trouble. 1st graders also learned the ???tattle rules??? which can be utilized by the student to determine if a situation is a now or later problem, if the student is able to resolve this on his/her own, and not to get involved in the conflicts of others.
2nd-4th grade students learned how to differentiate between teasing and bullying with the help of the ???tease monsters.??? Students learned that it is never okay to laugh at someone, but laughing with someone an be very healthy and fun for a friendship. Students reviewed and wrote various scenarios practicing the skill of differentiating between teasing and bullying.
5th-8th grade students were asked to reflect on ???How do you want to be remembered???? During the time of reflection students identified ways that upon graduation they would like their classmates to remember them. I??encouraged students to take steps toward becoming the person they want to be and to consciously put into action being kind to others.
With the 5th grade and middle school students, I also reviewed the topic of bullying, what it looks like, how it feels, as well as synonyms to the term ???bully.??? In addition, the classes also discussed ways to counteract bullying.
I look forward to these classes each month, and I encourage our DSA families to ask their students about these classes at home. These topics can be great ways to encourage family discussions, as well as reinforce the importance of what students have learned at school.
If you have any questions or concerns, I am happy to meet with you. Please contact me at 305-597-4545 firstname.lastname@example.org.??
Divine Savior Academy is a Christian academy dedicated to excellence. Located in Miami??proper, DSA is the only private Christian school in Doral and serves the community with early??childhood, elementary school, middle school and high school programs. Accredited by AISF,??SACS, AI, and NCPSA, Divine Savior Academy provides a college-prep curriculum that prepares??students academically, athletically, socially, artistically and spiritually in a safe and moral??environment.