• 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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