Hi, I am Hayley Arnold a School Counselor. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with students in Department of Defense Dependent Schools in Bamberg, Germany, a K-12 school in northwest Missouri, and a K-8 building in Jefferson County.
I love learning and working with children. They teach me so much everyday!
Developmentally third grade is when friendships start to get complicated. We have found success using the book Friendship Troubles to help our girls deal with fights, being left out, and the whole popularity thing.
A Friendship Troubles book has been checked out to all third grade girls. They have been asked to read a chapter a week and keep the book at home until we collect them on May 20. The classroom teachers will incorporate discussion about the book informally and formally through class meetings between now and the end of the school year. Below we have provided some activities and discussion ideas for caregivers to incorporate at home.
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Activity & Discussion Ideas
All About Friends
Talk to your daughter about your friends and the great qualities they have that make them your friend. Discuss with your daughter the qualities they look for in a friend. Why are these qualities important to remember?
Friendship Hot Spots
Tell your daughter about some tough situations you have been in with friends. Discuss with your daughter how jealousy is like poison. What are other things hurt friendships?
Working It Out
Talk to your daughter about a time you solved a problem with a friend. Why is knowing how to solve your own problems important?
Take the Secret Test (pg. 50) with your child and have a discussion about the questions.
Bullies & Rule Setters
Role play different ways to deal with someone who is displaying bullying behaviors.
All About You
Help your daughter brainstorm some quick fixes for when they get down. Look at pages 82 & 83 for guidance.
All books need to be returned to your classroom teacher.
A big thank you to the OB PTO for purchasing the books.
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I get up extra early each morning to run. I learned soon after we had our first of four daughters that I needed to take care of myself FIRST before I could take care of others. I never allow myself to feel guilty for leaving the girls for an hour+ in those wee hours ~ I know that I am a better and a happier mom/spouse/human when I take the time to take care of myself each and every day.
Mrs. Hunt's first grade class saw a problem happening at recess and came up with a solution. The problem being sometimes students don't have anyone to play with and don't know what to do at recess. We have the Friendship Bench but often times students would sit their and no one would come ask them to play. During a class meeting, the class came up with the idea of Safe Playce.
What is Safe Playce? Safe Playce provides an alternative activity and a place for students to play with someone at recess.
How does it work? A few student volunteers from Mrs. Hunt's first grade class pick up the Safe Playce sign and tote with activity on their way out to recess from lunch. They set it up, look for people who might want to join them, clean it up, and bring it back. An adult recess supervisor is stationed at Safe Playce to help with troubleshooting. Activities vary each day and include playing with legos, play dough, drawing, jump roping, and more.
A huge thank you to our parents and grandparents who came in and presented about their careers. Click here to check out what you children learned. We have an amazing community! If you are interested, you can sign up for April classroom career presentations by clicking here. Remember all work matters and we want to hear about your story.
We have all been affected by trauma in some way or another. Whether it is watching a tragedy unfold in another part of the world, in the United States, Missouri, St. Louis, or your own home. Often these events make us feel uneasy and overwhelmed whether they have happened directly or indirectly to us. The presentation How to Help Your Child Deal with Trauma aims to increase our knowledge about trauma and learn how to help our children.
NCADA, in Olivette (located by Mobile on the Run), has a wonderful meeting space and has offered to host the event on Monday, January 28 from 7:00-8:00 P.M. The presenter Gail Knipsshild is from FamilyForward, an organization that utilizes a comprehensive and respectful approach to understanding child development and the impact of trauma. This approach recognizes that each child brings unique biological and genetic traits, relational experiences, and personality characteristics into every interaction with parents and other caregivers.
When you RSVP there is a space to ask questions in advance. Mrs. Knipshild will work the answers to submitted questions into her presentation. There will also be a 10-15 minute question and answer session at the end of the presentation.
Check out our Veteran's Day tribute! Our families and staff contributed pictures and Ms. Ladue had our Show Choir sing a song to put in the background of the show. We also copied the pictures and hung them up on a bulletin board for everyone to see.