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This resource will bring an animal-loving slant into your guidance lessons and provide you with a collection of more than 100 lessons, reproducible worksheets, games and discussion questions that are ready to use. For some of these lessons you might find it helpful to bring in a described pet from home. For others you might be able to use some of the pets found in classrooms in your school. If you cannot find a live animal ambassador you might use puppets, stuffed animals or printed animal images.
Animal-assisted guidance and therapy has been shown to increase empathy for others acting as a catalyst for the expression of emotions, enhancing self-esteem, improving self-control, expanding social competence, decreasing feelings of stress and diminishing feelings of social isolation.
Unforgettable animal-themed lessons are provided to help children learn about topics such as:
Author: Patty Stang-Erickson, Ed.S. & Val Rae Boe, M.Ed.
Have you ever had students who had a difficult time focusing? Hocus Pocus Learn to Focus is a fictional story which demonstrates the factual problems children can have with focusing. The story is a fun way to show students different strategies to solve their focus problems. Randy Cazell is an elementary guidance counsellor who wants to help students learn practical approaches to help them focus in school. Her six year old granddaughter LP contributed the 'life' to the story by creating and illustrating each character. There are several practical activities included at... More info
The 5 games are played similar to the traditional card games which make them fun and easy to play. Cards include different topics with thought-provoking questions that can help facilitate meaningful discussions. Each card game focuses on one aspect of bullying or relational aggression. 1. Crazy Dates (Crazy Eights) Respect; Appreciation; Support; Safety; Trust; Put-Downs; Ignoring; Feeling Uncomfortable; Pressure; Fights; Control; Possessiveness 2. Queen of Mean (Old Maid) Lying; Gossip; Fights; Bullying; Rumours; Best Friends; Exclusion; Jealousy; Secrets; Accusations; Put-Downs; Violence 3. Peace Not War (War) Peaceful Relationships; Self-Improvement; Affirmations; Self-Reflection; Consequences of Rumours; Helping Others; Looking at Accomplishments 4.... More info
This book can be used as a guided tool to be read with children. It provides an entertaining, endearing lesson for young people about their brain and how they can better use it to make good decisions. First, Sunny teaches the importance of our brain and how it works. Then, Sunny teaches two very simple-to-use techniques that children can use to help them better self-regulate their behaviour. 1. CHECK: Learn when I need to change my behaviour. 2. CRISSCROSS and SHIFT: Learn how to cross arms/legs and "shift" to... More info