Fun Ways to Welcome New Students

Heather Thomas Back-to-School 3 Comments

Welcoming new students to our schools is one of the things school counselors should do during the first few weeks of school. Leaving old friends and familiar surroundings can make students feel alone and isolated. Typically, meeting a new friend (or two) and learning the procedures and layout of the building can do wonders to ease anxiety and help their transition. Meeting with your new students in a small group setting is extremely helpful in getting the biggest bang for your time…in terms of time. -> You can meet with multiple kids at once and they get to meet other …

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Manners Matter: Fun Freebie to Encourage Kind Words

Heather Thomas Counseling Activities & Resources 1 Comment

During a recent group session, I heard, “Mrs. Thomas, do you know what a fox says?” immediately followed by a chorus of “ring ding ding da ding ding ding” or something to that effect… It didn’t take my kiddos long to realize that I needed to be caught up to speed. “Mrs. Thomas you need to watch the fox song on Youtube.” Ummm…ok… Honestly, I don’t get it. Maybe it’s a generational thing…However, given the way my students lit up just by the mention of the song I felt that I might be able to use their delight in the …


A School Counselor Friendship Lunch Bunch Linky Party

Heather Thomas Program Management, School Counseling 0 Comments

The ever inspiring Tabitha, from Scrapbook of a School Counselor, has put together a lunch bunch linky party so we can check out what each other is doing (and hopefully grab an idea or two!) A lunch bunch may look different for different counselors, but basically a lunch bunch is a group of students who meet with the school counselor/social worker during lunch time with a specific goal in mind. Goals vary from group to group…one lunch bunch may be a one-time “meet and greet” for new or transitioning students or a 12-week social skills group. Long story short, lunch …

Study Skills Bingo

Heather Thomas School Counseling 0 Comments

Looking for a fun way to teach study skills at the beginning of the school year? Study Skills Bingo is a great way to introduce your students to classroom expectations regarding study habits and the homework process! After thinking about ways to help reinforce positive study habits, I created 32 unique bingo cards to introduce and review study skills. This is a great activity for the beginning of the year, as well as after winter and spring break (when our students can use a gentle reminder). You can check it out at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store by clicking here …