Asthe school year winds down, the students’ participation in socialskills and counseling activities draws to a close. This year, thestudents at the PACE East Program (grades K-6th) and the IndependentHill School benefited from both group and individual support thatincorporated a variety of approaches, including the Second Stepcurriculum. Students learned about feelings, having empathy for others,communication, problem-solving, and how to handle bullying. Themanagement of strong emotions is also a topic that was touched on, andif you are the parent of a student in Kindergarten through 4th grade,feel free to ask them about the Calm It Down song! Stop, Name ThatFeeling, Calm Down! Thank you to all the students for theirparticipation in the counseling activities, and to the parents for yoursupport!
Second Step Curriculum
Counselorsare using a new social skills program this year for Pace Eastelementary/middle schoolers and in one of the Independent Hill Schoolclasses. The program, Second Step, is a universal, classroom-basedprogram that addresses the core competencies and problematic behaviorsshow to affect students' success in school and in life. Lessons focuson emotion management, skills for learning such as listening andself-talk for focusing attention, bullying prevention, and problemsolving. There is a curriculum for each grade level and age-appropriatemethods are utilized to capture students' attention. For example, thefirst grade curriculum utilizes puppets to help the teaching while thesixth grade curriculum uses DVDs with peers delivering part of thelesson. Parents can find more information by visiting the second stepwebsite www.secondstep.org