• Think First, Stay Safe lessons

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 9/6/2022 11:00:00 AM

    We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from harm. Related to that goal, school counselors are required by GA Code 20-2-327 to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse, assault awareness and prevention education. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education through interactive classroom lessons, role-playing and corresponding activities. During the month of September, students will participate in the aforementioned Think First & Stay Safe lessons. Presentation materials for each grade level are provided through the links below. Unless written documentation to opt-out is received from a student's parent/guardian, all students will participate in this lesson. Any questions or concerns about this lesson should be directed to Ms. Pratt, cpratt@csdecatur.net.

    Kindergarten Lesson

    1st Grade lesson

    2nd grade lesson

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  • Think First, Stay Safe lessons

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 2/22/2022 9:00:00 AM

    We all share a common goal for our children to be safe and protected from harm. Related to that goal, school counselors are required by GA Code 20-2-327 to present annual personal safety lessons designed to prevent sexual abuse, assault awareness and prevention education. The Think First & Stay Safe™ program is a research-based program that teaches specific personal safety education through interactive classroom lessons, role-playing and corresponding activities. During the month of March, students will participate in the aforementioned Think First & Stay Safe lessons. Presentation materials for each grade level are provided through the links below. Unless written documentation to opt-out is received from a student's parent/guardian, all students will participate in this lesson. Any questions or concerns about this lesson should be directed to Ms. Pratt, cpratt@csdecatur.net.

    Kindergarten Lesson

    1st Grade lesson

    2nd grade lesson

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  • Is your child experiencing separation anxiety?

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 8/4/2021 10:35:00 AM

    Welcome to the 21-22 school year! 

     

    Some kids returned to school in the Spring after being at home for a year. There are some kids that this week is the first time that they are returning to school in over year. Did your child say they are excited for school but refuse to leave your side? Was your child very independent prior to the pandemic but now is very clingy? Lots of parents across the country have noticed that their children are showing signs of separation anxiety. Seeing some separation anxiety in kids during this pandemic is not unusual. Rachel Busman, PsyD, director of the Anxiety Disorders Center at the Child Mind Institute provides some strategies that could be very helpful in managing separation anxiety in children. 

     

    1. Validate their feelings - You want to express to your child that you understand their feelings and do not minimize their feelings. Everyone wants to feel heard. However, you do not want to feed too much into these feelings. You want to help your child to think through ways they can help themselves feel better. 

     

    2. Help them to stay positive - For some kids, it's helpful to ease their anxiety about something happening to you if they know you are being safe. You can help them imagine where you will be and what you will do to practice safety. Another way to help them think positively is have them talk about something that they are looking forward to that day.

     

    3.Encourage flexibility - Kids thrive in structured environments. Kids with anxiety feel better with predictable routines and when they feel prepared to handle situations that might occur. However, it is important for kids to learn how to be flexible. Research shows that children that can show resiliency and flexibilty are more successful in coping with traumatic experiences. Talk to your child about how to be okay with changes and remind them that the caring adults in their life will take care of them even if their are big changes. 

     

    Check out childmind.org for additional information. 

    If you feel like your child needs additional support, feel free to contact Ms. Pratt, school counselor. 

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  • Think First & Stay Safe Parent Preview

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 3/8/2021 11:15:00 AM

    During the month of March, students will participate in the child safety program: Think First & Stay Safe. The goal of this program to prevent and increase awareness around child abuse. Parents can preview the material by clicking the links below:

    Think First & Stay Safe parent letter

    Kindergarten Think First & Stay Safe

    1st grade Think First & Stay Safe

    2nd grade Think First & Stay Safe

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  • COVID coping resource

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 4/17/2020 4:30:00 PM
    COVID social-emotional resource for children 
    Parents, a new storybook has been written through collaboration of more than 50 humanitarian organizations. The book is called, “My Hero is You, How kids can fight COVID-19." The purpose of the book is to help children understand and cope with COVID-19. You can click here to download a copy of the book. More information is located at https://www.who.int/news-room/detail/09-04-2020-children-s-story-book-released-to-help-children-and-young-people-cope-with-covid-19 
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  • Recipe for homeschool success

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 4/17/2020 3:10:00 PM

    Homeschooling can be very challenging.  Click here for a few tips for homeschool success.

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  • Self care for parents and kids

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 3/23/2020 8:30:00 PM

    It is so important to have self-care during these uncertain times. Click the link below for a variety of fun/self-nuturing activities that can be done at home to support your emotional well being. Emotional Well Being activities I hope to see all Clairemont bulldogs, soon! 

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  • Talking to your kids about the Coronavirus

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 3/16/2020 11:00:00 PM

    We are currently living in a very uncertain time with the Coronavirus spreading around the country. Although very young children may not be watching the news or surfing the internet, they are still bombarded with information about what is happening around the world. The uncertainty of what will happen can cause anxiety or fear for children. It is important for children to still feel safe and remain calm. Below is a link to some tips from children's author, Julia Cook, about how to talk to kids about the virus. 

    The Yucky Bug - Coronavirus

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  • Food Pantries for families in need

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 3/16/2020 10:30:00 PM

    If your family is in need of food, click the link for a list of food pantries in Dekalb.

    Food Pantries

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  • National School Counselor Week #NSCW

    Posted by Charmaine Pratt on 2/4/2020 12:30:00 PM

    National School Counseling Week 2020 (#NSCW2020) is Feb. 3–7, 2020.  The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. I became a school counselor to help children feel heard and inspire them to be the best version of themselves. To learn more about National School Counseling Week, visit www.schoolcounselor.org/nscw

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