October included two major events of the counseling program: 6th Grade Career Day and Red Ribbon Week. For Career Day, we had 20 community members speak to 6th grade classes about their work/careers, educational and training background, and what led them to choose that career. Red Ribbon Week included dress-up days and a counseling lesson on substance abuse and making positive life choices. Teachers and students alike enjoyed the week.
November lessons included non-verbal communication skills and the character traits of citizenship and caring. Students watched some video clips as examples of the influence of non-verbal communication on social understanding and then practiced positive skills via role play. Citizenship was defined as "doing your part to make your community a better place." Students watched "Citizenship in the Community" and completed a listening guide to learn about the many aspect of citizenship. Fifth-grade students explored the trait of caring by listening to the book The Three Questions by Jon J. Muth, while sixth-grade students used The Character Chronicles materials to learn ways that teenagers can show caring to others in the community.
December included lesson on setting goals, as students established long- and short-term goals. Goals are like the GPS of life: they tell us the path for arriving at where we want to be in life, or making our dreams become reality.