Here are the lesson topics that will be focused on during the beginning months of school, September & October:
Kindergarten - Kindergartners will get to know Mrs. Rozema and the role of the school counselor. Throughout October we will focus on school expectations and appropriate classroom behaviors.
First - We spent some time discussing the transition from kindergarten to first grade and how different lunch time is this year. We discussed how to navigate the lunch room and recess out on the back field and how to make sure that students have someone to play with and we discussed examples of how to make sure that others are included and not left out. First graders came up with some great ideas on how to make sure everyone feels included by inviting someone to play with them, physically moving over at a lunch table and making space for someone, and starting a game over at recess just so someone can join in.
Second - We will be focusing on classroom expectations and strategies to have a successful school year.
Third - In September, third graders will focus on starting off the year with a positive attitude. We will discuss how our attitude can change a situation and students will have the opportunity to self-reflect on their own attitude toward different situations.
Fourth - In September, fourth graders will focus on starting off the year with a positive attitude. We will discuss how our attitude can change a situation and students will have the opportunity to self-reflect on their own attitude toward different situations.
Sixth - I will be introducing and discussing the meaning of the character education class. We will begin by covering emotions and how to best express our feelings. The mental health check-in will be introduced and will continue each week when we meet. There will be a large focus on working together and communication as well.
Fifth, seventh, & eighth grade lessons will be conducted on an as-needed basis, as specific topics/themes may evolve throughout the course of the school year and/or certain requests may be made by classroom teachers.