Classroom Guidance, Crafts, Holidays

5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Counseling Activities

Do you create seasonal activities or themed lessons for your classroom guidance or small group activities? I find that students are so engaged in these seasonal lessons because for whatever reason, they just seem more fun! Seasonal activities feel like a treat because it feels like we're celebrating on top of learning. In March, I… Continue reading 5 Fun St. Patrick’s Day Counseling Activities

Classroom Guidance, School Counseling

Tattling: How to Help Students Make Positive Changes

Do you have students who are tattling all day long? They just love to keep tabs on everyone and don't want teachers to miss one. single. thing? ¬†Tattling can be so frustrating for teachers and peers, but helping these students understand when it's appropriate to tell is an important social skill that can be addressed… Continue reading Tattling: How to Help Students Make Positive Changes

Classroom Guidance, School Counseling

Perseverance Activity Classroom Guidance Lesson

Usually around the end of February or beginning of March, I like to do a perseverance activity in classroom guidance. I find that this is the time of year when everyone is feeling a little burned out. Students (and teachers!) need time to refocus on goals and remind themselves of the skills they have that… Continue reading Perseverance Activity Classroom Guidance Lesson

Classroom Guidance, School Counseling

5 Tips to Rock Kindergarten Classroom Guidance Lessons

Aren't Kindergarten students just the sweetest? They are so eager to learn, love to share their ideas (mostly about things other than what you're talking about...), and they jump at the chance to participate. Kindergarten classroom guidance lessons can be so much fun as long as the stage is set for success. I'll be the… Continue reading 5 Tips to Rock Kindergarten Classroom Guidance Lessons

Classroom Guidance, Small Group Counseling

Kindness Demonstration: The Ripple Effect School Counseling Activity

It's not breaking news that bullying is an issue in schools (and the workplace, on the internet, etc.). Counselors everywhere are in the trenches, teaching skills and leading programs that will prevent this behavior so that all students have the opportunity to feel safe and valued in the school environment. To do this, school counselors… Continue reading Kindness Demonstration: The Ripple Effect School Counseling Activity

Art Activities, Classroom Guidance, Mindfulness, School Counseling

Gingerbread Play Dough Mindfulness Exercise

I don't know about you, but I always feel like the time before Christmas break is so chaotic. Kids are excited, and teachers are exhausted. Everyone just needs to refocus and embrace the calm! That's why I love doing a mindfulness exercise during classroom guidance lessons around the holidays! Mindfulness Exercise I am always blown… Continue reading Gingerbread Play Dough Mindfulness Exercise

Art Activities, Classroom Guidance, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Watercolor Affirmations Activity for Group Counseling

Last week, I shared a post about making scratch art affirmations in small group counseling activities. These can be so powerful for students as they realize their strengths and positive qualities and see them shine through the dark paint on the paper. This week I wanted to share a similar activity using watercolor paints and… Continue reading Watercolor Affirmations Activity for Group Counseling

Classroom Guidance, School Counseling, Small Group Counseling

Self Control Activity: Don’t Tap the Balloon

I'm hearing from counselor upon counselor {from my email group} that self control is one of the major skill deficits they see in their students. I wanted to share with you two of my favorite activities to do in classroom guidance lessons or in small group counseling to practice exercising self control! All you'll need… Continue reading Self Control Activity: Don’t Tap the Balloon