All students in grades kindergarten through 5th grade receive Character Education Lessons (Guidance Lessons) throughout the year covering a variety of topics in 3 main areas of development: personal/social, academic, and career.
Kindergarten and first grade classes receive character education lessons focused on social emotional skills through a series of stories. Students will learn about self-regulation skills, understanding emotions, expressing emotions, and problem solving. Third and fourth quarter both grade levels participate in Second Step lessons which also teach and promote social emotional skills, including school skills, empathy, and problem solving skills. Second grade receives character education through learning aboutschool skills, social emotional skills, mindset, and self-control. Free the Horses program will be used which covers what we think leads to what we feel leads to what we do. Belonging, learning, and contributing are discussed. It also goes over courage, responsibility, cooperation and ways to be successful in school and in life.
Third through fifth grade classes receive a series of character education lessons focusing on positive coping skills at the beginning of the year. These lessons include: 1. Managing emotions 2. Confident problem solving, and 3. How to review and seek resources.
Following these lessons, upper grades continue the school year with a combination of Career introduction lessons and the Second Step Curriculum, which includes: Skills for learning, empathy skills, emotion management, and problem solving.
Fifth Grade will complete the year will lessons focused on their transition to middle school.