Counselor Resources

Our school Counselor, Mrs. Cain has put together several resources for students, teachers, and families to use. These resources will be especially helpful while the school is conducting virtual learning. To set up a meeting or call with Mrs. Cain, please click the link below.

Set up a meeting with Mrs. Cain

 

School Counselor Resources for HFS Students and Families

  • The Imagine Neighborhood
    • This new podcast for families is designed to help children and grown-ups practice their social/emotional skills. Each episode tells a story that’s amazing, fantastical and maybe a little bananas, while it tackles the big feelings that come with growing up.
  • Mind Yeti®:
    • Fifteen mindfulness program sessions are now available for anyone to use, no experience necessary. Designed for educators and families to do alongside children, or for older children to do on their own, Mind Yeti provides a great way for everyone to practice mindfulness during this difficult time.
  • 5-4-3-2-1 Technique
  • Mental Exercises

Books & Media

Books About Feelings: Did you know that there are no bad feelings? It’s true! As long as we use safe and respectful  ways to handle all of our feelings, no feelings are bad feelings!

Questions to ask during and after reading

 Books About Kindness

Questions to ask during and after reading

TV shows that encourage SEL (Social Emotional Learning)

These shows are great for younger students PK-3

Helping your student succeed with at home learning

Learning from home can be difficult.  The natural structures of a classroom help students stay focused and on task during the school day. Without the visual and verbal reminders from teachers, students can easily lose track of time or struggle to remain motivated and interested. Here are some interventions you may want to use to help your student succeed (Please note these may not work for everyone, and that’s ok, we are all unique!):

What Why How
Visual Schedule Helps the student know what is next.   Print out schedules (or ask school to) and hang in the same area of the day. If you can laminate the schedule so students can mark off each part of the day
Set Reminders We all lose track of time Set reminders on the students Chromebook/other device so an alarm will go off reminding them what subject they should be going in.  You can personalize them so they say Google Meet or Check Classroom

Comfortable Chair

…but not an office chair

Office chairs are difficult to keep still.  Spinning around and not facing the screen is distracting  Try finding a comfortable chair, or add a pillow.  A chair that is similar to a school chair will work out great.  Some kids like to lay on their stomachs to learn, you can try that too!
Privacy Folder This will feel like school and can have reminders and schedules posted Ask the school to provide one or make it out of a trifold poster you can find at a convenience store.
Set Movement Breaks Kids need to get up and move their bodies.  Its ok for them to do that, or stand while they listen Set a timer.  Movement breaks should not involve playing games or other electronics, just taking a quick walk(especially outside to get some fresh air!), going to get a drink of water. 
Designated Work Space It should feel like school, not like home. When the student is in this area, he/she should have a learning mindset. Find a place in your home which will be their “space”.  A desk, the kitchen table, and comfortable chair.
Offering Choices Providing choices can give some sense of control over this unusual situation. Provide appropriate choices, and remember it’s ok to pick your battles.  One example is, “Would you like to work at the desk in your room, kitchen table, or the dining room table?”
Fidgets (not toys) Keeping our hands busy can often help us keep our brains focused It is important to review how to use a fidget and set rules, such as the fidget should be out of the camera view unless the teacher asks you to share.  
Home Token System  Giving kids an incentive to complete Meets/Hangouts and/or work is a great way to motivate those who need extra encouragement Create a sticker chart or fill a jar with pom poms everytime a child appropriately partakes in a Meet or completes a task. Depending on the age of child, a chosen reward can be gained at the end of the week, mid week, or daily if they have received a certain amount of “tokens”. 
No extra electronics It is important for them to know even though they are not at school, they need to stay in school mode and follow school rules and expectations Students do not have access to phones, tv,  or video games at school.  Have them put them away until after school.  They will become distracting, and even during break time will make the transition back to school work tough!
Ask for Help We all need it as we navigate this world. It also shows your student that it is ok to ask for help! Have your student jump onto Google Meet to get extra help from his/her teacher, or you can reach out to your teacher or the School counselor, Mrs. Montanye. 
Offer Praise A word of encouragement goes a long way! It may be the little boost your child needs to continue staying focused and on task.  When you see your child participating in a Google Meet or working on an assignment independently, a simple word of encouragement or a “thumbs up” is a wonderful way to acknowledge that you are noticing how hard your child is trying!