This blog can be a little "big kid heavy" since I only service 2nd-4th, but my co-counselor does amazing work and I want to share some of her great ideas a swell. As part of the self-regulation theme she is using in 1st grade Life Skills lessons this year, she delivered a lesson using a book beloved by us both: No Biggy! This book is an awesome tool we've used in every grade as a way to teach some basic cognitive coping.
The lesson starts with a video clip showing a really young girl getting pretty frustrated over her blocks falling over:
This video leads to a short discussion on the girl's problem: Is it a big or small problem? Does her response match the size of the problem? Was it too small or too big?
Then my co-counselor read No Biggy!, asking:
- What was Kiki’s problem?
- What did her parents teach her?
- What was Kiki able to do once she told herself “no biggy”?
A piece of paper folded/divided in half. On one side it says: "I might feel frustrated when…" and on the other side it says: "But, I know it’s NO BIGGY!" Students draw a picture of the problem and their solution on each respective side.
Create a powerpoint with images (muddy shoes, dropped food tray, etc.) and ask students to talk about what’s wrong in the picture. Then with a partner or their table group, have them discuss solutions to these “no biggy!” problems