Classroom Guidance
*Guidance Schedule*
Grades N-4- bi-weekly
Grades 5-8- weekly

Below are the topics each grade level is exploring throughout the school year along with suggested reading for home. 


Early Childhood (N-K)

1.Skills for learning:Listening and Focusing Attention
Why this unit matters: Listening and focusing attention helps students participate successfully in school as well as helps increase positive relationships with peers.
Recommended reading:
-Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to  Listen by Howard Binkhow
-My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook
-The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

2.Empathy/Feelings
Why this unit matters: Having empathy helps children get along with others and solve problems. Having empathy is being able to identify how someone is feeling and respond in a caring way. It is important for children to understand their emotions so they can communicate their feelings to others in a healthy way.I want our students to know that we value all of their feelings- positive and negative and that all of us, children and adults, experience all such feelings. I want to build our children's confidence in sharing their feelings and coping.
Recommended reading:
- Glad Monster Sad Monster by Ed Emberley
-The Feelings Book by Todd Parr
- The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
-Mouse was Mad by Linda Urban
-Angry Octopus by Lori Lite
-Sometimes I'm Scared by Jane Annunziata
- When I feel Sad by Cornelia Maude Superman
- Hands Are Not For Hitting by Matine Agassi
- Franklin's Bad Day by Paulette Bourgeous

3. Fair Ways to Play and Problem Solving
Why this unit matters:  What children want from each situation influences how they solve problems with other children. Playing together, trading, taking turns, and sharing make play fair and help children have fun together.
Recommended reading:
The Mine-o-Saur, Sudipta Bardhan


Primary Grades (1-2)

1.Skills for learning:
 Listening and Focusing Attention
Why this unit matters: Listening and focusing attention helps students participate successfully in school as well as helps increase positive relationships with peers.
Recommended reading:
-Howard B Wigglebottom Learns to Listen by Howard Binkhow
-My Mouth is a Volcano by Julia Cook
-The Listening Walk by Paul Showers

2.Empathy/feelings
Why this unit matters
: Having empathy helps children get along with others and solve problems. Having empathy is being able to identify how someone is feeling and respond in a caring way. It is important for children to understand their emotions so they can communicate their feelings to others in a healthy way. I want our students to know that we value all of their feelings- positive and negative and that all of us, children and adults, experience all such feelings. I want to build our children's confidence in sharing their feelings and coping.
Recommended reading:
- Glad Monster Sad Monster by Ed Emberley
- The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
-Mouse was Mad by Linda Urban
-Angry Octopus by Lori Lite
-Sometimes I'm Scared by Jane Annunziata
-Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very bad day by Judith Viorst
- When I feel Sad by Cornelia Maude Superman
- Hands Are Not For Hitting by Matine Agassi
- Franklin's Bad Day by Paulette Bourgeous

3. Self-Esteem
Why this unit matters-It is important for children to understand that they all have unique and special qualities. Having a postive mindset helps students create a postive and supportive relationships with their peers. 
Recommended reading:
- I like Myself by Karen Beaumont

4. Kindness, Compassion, and Friendship
Why this unit matters:
 Empathy helps students perceive and understand what others are feeling. This unit puts empathy into action by showing compassion. Students are encouraged to use caring words and actions towards others. 
Recommended reading:
Have you Filled a Bucket Today By Carol McCloud
Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes
Enemy Pie by Derek Munson
Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzberg


Primary Grades (3-4)

1. Empathy and Respect- Empathy is a key ingredient in the development of social behaviors and  interpersonal problem solving skills. Being able to identify, understand, and respond in a caring way to how someone feels provides a foundation for friendships and conflict resolution.
Recommended Reading:
Stand in my shoes by Bob Sornson
2. Showing Compassion
Why this unit matters:
 Empathy helps students perceive and understand what others are feeling. This unit puts empathy into action by showing compassion. Students are encouraged to use caring words and actions towards others. 
Recommended reading:
-Have you Filled a Bucket Today By Carol McCloud
-The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig

Bullying- Identifying different types of bullying helps students recognize and report the mistreatment of themselves and others. Studenrs can learn to empathize with those being bullied or cope with it if it happens to them. They also learn what bystanders can do to discourage bullying and support peers who are targets. Learning to identify different types of bullying help students mistreat others.
Recommended Reading
- Bully B. E. A. N. S. by Julia Cook
- Ciques Just Dont Make Cents by Julia Cook
- The Tease Monster by Julia Cook

Middle School
 
5th Grade
Working in Groups- Students identified skills that contribute to successful group work and apply communication skills.
Bullying- Identifying different types of bullying helps students recognize and report the mistreatment of themselves and others. Studenrs can learn to empathize with those being bullied or cope with it if it happens to them. They also learn what bystanders can do to discourage bullying and support peers who are targets. Learning to identify different types of bullying help students mistreat others.
Cyber bullying- Students need to be aware that  electronic harassment is a form of bullying, understand that it is wrong , and respond to it if they witness it. Bullying through the means of technology may make it possible for large numbers of students to participate and increase the suffering of the targeted student. The anonymity of cyber bullying can encourage this form of bullying to take place. Students need to be aware that Cyber bullying is serious and could potentially have legal implications.

6th Grade
Working in Groups- Students identified skills that contribute to successful group work and apply communication skills.
Bullying- Identifying different types of bullying helps students recognize and report the mistreatment of themselves and others. Studenrs can learn to empathize with those being bullied or cope with it if it happens to them. They also learn what bystanders can do to discourage bullying and support peers who are targets. Learning to identify different types of bullying help students mistreat others.
Cyber bullying- Students need to be aware that  electronic harassment is a form of bullying, understand that it is wrong , and respond to it if they witness it. Bullying through the means of technology may make it possible for large numbers of students to participate and increase the suffering of the targeted student. The anonymity of cyber bullying can encourage this form of bullying to take place. Students need to be aware that Cyber bullying is serious and could potentially have legal implications.

7th Grade
Working in Groups- Students identified skills that contribute to successful group work and apply communication skills.
Bullying- Identifying different types of bullying helps students recognize and report the mistreatment of themselves and others. Students can learn to empathize with those being bullied or cope with it if it happens to them. They also learn what bystanders can do to discourage bullying and support peers who are targets. Learning to identify different types of bullying help students mistreat others.
Cyber bullying- Students need to be aware that  electronic harassment is a form of bullying, understand that it is wrong , and respond to it if they witness it. Bullying through the means of technology may make it possible for large numbers of students to participate and increase the suffering of the targeted student. The anonymity of cyber bullying can encourage this form of bullying to take place. Students need to be aware that Cyber bullying is serious and could potentially have legal implications.
8th Grade
Working in Groups- Students identified skills that contribute to successful group work and apply communication skills.
Bullying- Identifying different types of bullying helps students recognize and report the mistreatment of themselves and others. Students can learn to empathize with those being bullied or cope with it if it happens to them. They also learn what bystanders can do to discourage bullying and support peers who are targets. Learning to identify different types of bullying help students mistreat others.
Cyber bullying- Students need to be aware that  electronic harassment is a form of bullying, understand that it is wrong , and respond to it if they witness it. Bullying through the means of technology may make it possible for large numbers of students to participate and increase the suffering of the targeted student. The anonymity of cyber bullying can encourage this form of bullying to take place. Students need to be aware that Cyber bullying is serious and could potentially have legal implications.