• February’s Character Education Theme: Self-Care

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 2/21/2020

    Usually for Valentine’s Day we focus on how we can show our love and care for others, this month Beechwood focused on how we can show love and care for ourselves! We read The Good Egg, by Jory John and Pete Oswald. While reading this story we learned that we cannot control everything in the world around us and sometimes we will get stressed out! What we can control is how we take care of ourselves; we can eat well, get enough sleep, and take a break or walk away from something that is making us mad or stressed. Once we have taken care of ourselves, we can return to the issue and handle the situation a little better. Students decorated hearts with ways they show self-care by writing or drawing what makes them feel happy or relaxed. Let’s keep practicing self-care!

    Check out the Mountainside Guidance Twitter page at the end of the month for our final school-wide project!

     

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  • January's Character Education Theme: Personal Space!

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 1/31/2020

    At Beechwood School we kicked off our new year by talking about a skill that can be used everywhere and for many years to come! Personal Space! We talked about how everyone has their own invisible personal space bubble, some people may have a big bubble and some people may have a small bubble, but no matter what we have to respect others’ bubble! We read Personal Space Camp, by Julia Cook. Students were able to practice many examples of showing good personal space. We used a hula hoop to show what someone’s personal space bubble might look like, we practiced what it means to be an arms length away from someone when talking or walking in a line, and we gave examples of how we can express to others that we might need some more personal space. Students had great examples of respecting personal space, let's keep the conversation going and keep practicing how to respect personal space!

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  • December's Character Education Theme: Sportsmanship!

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 12/13/2019

    Our last lesson of 2019 was all about sportsmanship! We talked about what it means to show good and bad sportsmanship both on and off the field. Our kindergarten classes heard the story I Will Try, by Marilyn Janovitz. We learned how we should always try our best and never give up. We also saw characters in the book show kindness by helping others learn. Our first and second graders heard The Day My Dad Joined My Soccer Team by, Maureen Fergus. This was a funny and light-hearted story that talked about a Dad who was so excited to be on his son’s soccer team but needed some extra reminders about what it means to show good sportsmanship. Students did a great job identifying ways to show good and bad sportsmanship. We ended our lesson by decorating handprints with ways to show good sportsmanship. Check out our hallway mural with everyone’s handprint at the end of the month!

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  • November's Character Education Theme: Feelings!

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 11/15/2019

    This month our Beechwood Bears are learning all about feelings. I am reading Today I Feel Silly & Other Moods That Make My Day, by Jamie Lee Curtis with grades K-2. We are starting our lesson by reviewing Listening Position. Listening Position is how we show that we are ready to be good listeners with our body and eyes facing the speaker or source of sound. We continued our lesson by opening up a conversation about different feelings and how we can identify those feelings. While reading our story, students did a fantastic job discussing various feelings throughout the book! We followed up on this story by decorating a person outline with a feeling of their choice and decorated in and around the outline with things that make them feel that way. For example, if a student drew a happy face they would draw or write what makes them feel happy. I loved seeing all of the detailed faces and explanations. I encourage you to keep the conversations about feelings going at home!

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  • October’s Character Education Theme: Respect!

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 10/15/2019

    How do we show respect to ourselves, to others, and to the environment? This month we talked all about these answers! It was so lovely going into kindergarten classrooms to get to know all of our new Beechwood Bears. In kindergarten we talked about what it means to show respect and we read Sneetches, By Dr. Seuss. The students had such thoughtful answers; I encourage you to speak with your children even more about respect at home! In grades 1 and 2 we had some wonderful conversations about respect and we read One, By Kathryn Otoshi. I was blown away by how well our 1st and 2nd graders described respect and how we show respect to ourselves, to one another, and to the environment. To end our lesson this month every student decorated a speech bubble with ways we show respect; students wrote and drew great depictions of respect! This is definitely a conversation we should keep going both at home and at school! Check out our giant Beechwood speech bubble below or on our Guidance Twitter page.

     

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  • Time to Learn!

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 10/15/2019

    I am so excited to use what I learned at this year's New Jersey School Counselor Association Conference!

     

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  • Let's Grow Together!

    Posted by Ramona Ramesar on 9/25/2019

    Our monthly character education lessons here in Beechwood School will begin the first week of Octber, just in time for the Week of Respect!. Grades K-2 will be learning all about respect and feelings in October. I will conduct a lesson with each class; for our lesson students will hear a fun story, engage in some discussion, and finally work on a school-wide activity. Check out our Guidance Twitter later in the month for pictures! Throughout the year our character education lessons will cover a variety of topics such as: making good choices, diversity, thankfulness, perseverance, self-regulation, and honesty, along with many other areas of discussion and growth! 

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