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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Another Trick

Lawrence Shapiro is an awesome author! I love the idea of keeping a feelings diary! Students use the feelings sheet below and a blank journal to draw and write about their feelings. The feelings sheet will show the students the feeling face to draw at the top of their journal. The feeling word gives students its name.  The purpose of the diary is to help students develop coping skills. It will also help give them the vocabulary to effectively discuss and reflect on their feelings.


Tricks of the Trade

Tricks of the Trade by Lawrence Shapiro

I love the book Tricks of the Trade by Lawrence Shapiro! The book is filled with short and practical strategies to help counselors work with children. The techniques are from cognitive/behavioral therapy, family therapy, and psychodynamic theory. I have enjoyed the book as a part of my library for over 15 years! The activity below is one of my favorites!

Shapiro’s Family Museum activity is a wonderful way to learn about student’s perception of their family.  The students have to pretend that their family is famous and thus an entire museum has been dedicated to them.

  This is what the blank museum looks like.

This is what the museum looks like filled in.

After the activity, students can share their museum with the group.


Monday, September 22, 2014

The Kissing Hand

The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn 
This warm and loving story is about a raccoon that does not want to go to school. The mother raccoon helps him to understand that sometimes we have to do things that we do not want to do. The mother teaches her son that the kissing hand is a way to carry her love with him always.

·         What was the story about?
·         What was the problem in the story?
·         How was the problem solved?
·         How do you feel about school?
·         What would you do if you had a friend who did not want to come to school?

1.      Have the students discuss feelings associated with the first days of school (consider using a diagram like the one below)

Thank you for the diagram idea! From Mrs. H
2.      Have students create a kissing hand out of construction paper.