Friday, March 23, 2012

Divorce and "Pudding"

Today the third grade FISH (Families In Separate Homes) group met. During our time together,we read a great book called "Was it the chocolate pudding?" By, Sarah Levins

It is about a boy who made a mess of chocolate pudding and thinks that it was his mess that made his parents get divorced. By the end of the book, he realizes that it was not his fault and feels relieved!

After, we used "vanilla pudding" (A.K.A. shaving cream!) to draw pictures of how the boys in the book felt, and then we moved on to talking/drawing about how each of them felt about THEIR family/divorce. Not only was it fun for them, but it was a GREAT way to get them talking and sharing!

Enjoy! 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

G.I.R.L.S group fun!

This week was my first week of my new GIRLS group (Girls In Real Life Situations).  We started the group by listing AS MANY REASONS AS WE COULD about why girls are great! I have to share this list with you because it was amazing the kinds of things they came up with..

In case you can't read all of them, here are few:
Girls are great because...
-we can do flips
-we love Bounce U (local activity center)
-we get to wear dresses, skirts, AND pants!
-we eat (really, really, really) cool food!

This is not to say that boys are great too but the idea of this activity was to get the girls thinking about how great each and every one of them are, and what better way to start then with the fact that they are GIRLS!

Try this for a group and let their ideas flood the board!


Monday, March 12, 2012

Puppets!

Today I did a lesson in Kindergarten about making new friends. I used puppets and it confirmed for me how helpful they are. I could have easily read one of the many books about friendship, and it would have been effective. Yet by using puppets, it takes ME out of it and puts characters who are going through the same situations in the spotlight. Whether they be animal puppets or people puppets, I feel that using them in the classroom as well as individually with students can take on a whole new meaning for the child and help them see the characters as themselves.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Helpful tool for Small groups!

Here is an idea that might be helpful for small groups. Each time the group meets, I add a petal or a bubble. The flower is for my Girls/friendship groups, and the fish is for my Families In Separate Homes group. It is a helpful visual for the children so they know how many sessions are left, and helpful for me as a conscious reminder of where we are in our groups!

ENJOY!