Although the School Counselor’s First Aid kit is adorable and creative, unfortunately, my 1st and 2nd grade students were not able to comprehend it as well as I would have liked. They couldn’t grasp the fact that the objects had a concrete, typical use, (i.e. a band-aid helps you when you’re bleeding) but also had a more abstract use relating to a counselor (i.e. counselors are like band-aids because they help you when you’re hurt). The whole concept was too abstract for my students and left them saying things like, “School counselors help you when you have a scratch or you fall down on the playground.” Keep in mind that my students come from high poverty backgrounds and are almost all English learners. So, I decided to scratch the first aid kit idea and change it to simply a “School Counselor’s Kit.” I made the objects inside of it more concrete and simple to understand. Here’s what I included in my kit and its connection to a school counselor…
- Tissue: Counselors help you dry your tears when you are feeling sad or overwhelmed. We also remind you that it is okay to cry – letting our feelings out helps us heal!
- Eraser: Counselors help you fix your mistakes and learn from them so that you don’t make the same mistake twice!
- Ear: Counselors are great listeners and will always pay close attention to you.
- SHH!: Counselors always keep your secrets. When you tell us a story or something about your life, we will keep it to ourselves and not share it with anyone else. But, if you are being hurt or someone is in danger, we will have to tell someone so that we can keep you safe!
- Candy: Seeing the counselor is a treat! We will talk through your feelings and even play some games to help you feel better. You are NOT in trouble if you are asked to see Miss Mac!
- Heart: Counselors love and care about you. They have big hearts and want the best for you!
- Life saver: Counselors can help “save” you from scary, overwhelming, or sad feelings. Counselors will help you “stay afloat” throughout the school year by offering you support, guidance, and love!
Here’s a picture of my new and improved kit and the items inside of it…
I also created this worksheet to help the students remember what we just learned and for their parents to become familiar with my role.