My Group Routines for K-2

In all of my group counseling plans, I create and stick to a routine for the duration of the group. It helps keep us focused and on track while we work together. I might have a different routine for anger group than worry group, but each group has their own familiar routine that students can grow to expect. Below you’ll find my elementary group counseling routine I stick to with K-2.

Looking for a tried and true Elementary Group Counseling Routine? This is what my group sessions look like with K-2! This is how I structure group counseling sessions for anger groups, worry groups, anxiety. groups, family changes groups, and more!

Elementary Group Counseling Routine

1- Tactile Feelings Check In

We do some sort of feelings check in that students can complete independently and silently while group members arrive. This sometimes looks like a feelings flip chart, sometimes it’s making feelings faces out of play dough, or sometimes it’s using a feelings scale. Anything that gives them time to think about how they’re feeling and use their hands!

2- Breathing Exercise

When everyone has arrived, we do a breathing exercise together. It’s something short, but just a small time for us to get focused together as a group.

3- Circle Check In

Next, we do our structured check in. There are a lot of options for this, and I keep it the same throughout the group for structure and consistency. Lately, my go-to has been sunshine, cloud, rainbow.

Looking for a tried and true Elementary Group Counseling Routine? This is what my group sessions look like with K-2!
Looking for a tried and true Elementary Group Counseling Routine? This is what my group sessions look like with K-2!

4- Instruction

Next, I do our group instruction on whatever the topic is. This is sometimes from a story and sometimes with visuals, but always short and sweet! I keep it focused on one basic skill or strategy at a time.

5- Practice

Then, students have time to practice the skill on their own, with a partner, or as a small group. We do things like matching puzzles, role plays, games, or cut and paste sorts depending on the topic.

6-Tactile Feelings Check Out

Before we go, students complete their feelings check out. If it’s age appropriate, they also set goals for using their newly learning skills between sessions!

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Looking for a tried and true Elementary Group Counseling Routine? This is what my group sessions look like with K-2! This is how I structure group counseling sessions for anger groups, worry groups, anxiety. groups, family changes groups, and more!

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