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One of our top priorities is the social and emotional well-being of our children. We focus on building positive relationships within our school community to foster a sense of safety, security, and belonging so our children can thrive.
March Counseling Corner
Through the month of March, our students in grade 3-5 are learning about matching their reactions to the size of their problems during their monthly classroom guidance lesson. We used a scale of 1-5 to determine how big their problem is and when it's time to ask an adult for help. Students also discussed what it means to overreact to a situation and what kind of reactions are appropriate for the situation. This topic supports our school-wide Zones of Regulation program to help students learn self-regulation skills for success.
This strategy can be used at home as well! If your child is having a big reaction to a small problem, after they have calmed down, you can ask them to think about their problem and determine what size their problem is on a scale of 1-5. 1 being a tiny problem such as a missing sock and 5 being a massive problem such as a natural disaster. Then you can talk about what kind of reaction would be appropriate in the situation.
Check out our students in action in Ms. Ahern’s class! Students were each given a problem card and were asked to talk to each other to decide where on the scale their problem was. Then they stood in the agreed order from tiny problems to massive problems.