National School Counseling Week is coming up next week. I can't wait to celebrate. I plan to keep up with ASCA's Photo Challenge. You can also read about what I've done in my schools or laugh at some funny memes. What are some meaningful ways you celebrate school counseling week?
Do you use hall passes at your school? We have tried a million different ideas over the years but I find that hall passes in elementary school tend to fizzle as the year progresses. Let's not even talk about passes that get taken to the bathroom. Ew. No matter what, you always have a few friends that need a note to let their teacher know exactly when they left your room. Some people are wonderers, what can we say??
One of my lovely readers suggested the idea to me to make a cute pass. I've always used post-it notes but love this idea. Something fun to keep on hand to add a little brightness to your day. Download the Back to Class Pass right here and view it below.
Love you, mean it. Mwah.
Like a lot of people I know, I have jumped on the mindfulness bandwagon. I have been surprised to see how much kids enjoy the concepts of mindfulness. I have taught classroom lessons on mindfulness and used the concepts on some of my groups but I really think that the best fit for mindfulness is in individual counseling. I thought it might be fun to create a list of mindfulness crafts for kids.
I purchased the whale string craft in the cover photo from the one spot at Target (I think it was $3) as a craft with my own kiddo. As we were working on it, I was inspired to create a similar version for cheaper to use at school. You could even use pieces of styrofoam or a shoe box. Simply draw an outline of an object and have the student place pins along the outline. Then wrap string around in random order. It's strangely soothing, even for an adult.
We can't overlook the power of coloring - it's all the rage for a reason! I love to color while talking with students. You can take it a step further and teach the idea of concentrating on what you're doing and coloring with mindfulness. I can imagine a whole group of students who are working on anxiety coloring peacefully with soft music in the background. Bonus points for beanbags and other comfy chairs.
Counselors often use play doh as a tool for communication but it's also great for mindfulness. Play doh has great textures, smells, colors, and movement to focus students' attention while practicing mindfulness.
OK, I've never tried this one but I've heard that it's great for kids. Arm knitting uses yarn and your arms to create chunky knits that are great for scarves. This is a great tutorial for beginners.
What do you think? Ready for some mindful crafting in your individual sessions? What a wonderful skill for students to learn that will add to their toolbox of anti-stress strategies!
Happy school counseling week! Thank you for everything that you do to help kids, schools, and parents. You truly make a difference. In keeping with tradition, I have created some fun memes. Feel free to pin, share, text them around to your friends. If you do, please link back to this post.
P.S. There's a FREEBIE at the bottom of this post - Happy School Counseling Week!
One of my favorite ways to celebrate school counseling week is to give out stickers! You can read a whole post on how I do that here. You can also download some super cute stickers for FREE on my TPT store.
How's it going with your kindness challenge this year? If you haven't started, it's never too late. I want to share an amazing idea that a colleague of mine, Chris Dudek, had- a kindness tree! She uses this idea around Christmas but I see it being applicable to other times of the year!
Here's what she has to say:
In December, we celebrate the character trait of Kindness. To instill this trait in our students, a "Kindness Tree" is in the lobby of our school the week before break. The tree is full of tags with acts of kindness on them. Students are encouraged to select a tag and do that act of kindness within the week. The tree is a huge success with 635 tags taken by students. We emphasize that acts of kindness can be and should be done each day. As well as how good it makes the recipient and the giver feel.
Isn't that an amazing idea? I see so many extensions - hearts on a white tree for Valentine's Day, pencils on a tree at the beginning of the school year, and turkeys at Thanksgiving.
To create the tags, Mrs. Dudek printed acts of kindness on labels and affixed to diecut winter shapes. You could also incorporate the making of the tags into part of a lesson on kindness and have students make tags! Isn't this the coolest? I am so inspired by this idea!
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