We called ourselves the "counseling girls" (an ode to the amazing Gilmore Girls) and I gotta admit I think we were an amazing team. We combined my addiction of children's book/biblotherapy and her wisdom/love of owls and thus the "Whoooo Loves School" small groups were formed. I can't brag on these groups enough, but the data speaks for itself!
(Each session began using an owl check-in sheet and will end with a completion of an understanding survey)
-Read Dog-Gone School by Amy Schmidt
-Complete "Read AllAbout Me" worksheet
Session 2: -Introduce the term "responsibility"
-Read Ready Rabbit Gets Ready by Brenna Maloney
-Discuss and complete responsibility worksheet from the Character Counts Kid packets (available on TPT).
Session 3: -Read Time For School, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff -Introduce No excuse, Mouse! (a puppet/stuffed animal that they must tell excuses to, then the mouse said "NO EXCUSE!")
-Complete no excuse worksheet
Session 4: -Introduce the topic of not staying up late -Read or watch Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Williams
Session 5: -Introduce the term "accountability" -Show Hurry Up, Franklin YouTube video
-Have students hold up accountability cards when they spot accountability in the video. These cards were created by Tiffany. You could also use simple pieces of green or red paper.Session 6: -Work through attendance files (by Savvy School Counselor) packet together!
*Notes- We used the same books for K and 3rd. I was pleasantly surprised how well our 3rd graders responded to the books. Most of the members had years of attendance issues, so I can't help but wonder if the books were more academically and developmentally appropriate for them. The members could easily understand them and I believe that made them more active and engaged.