Thursday, May 30, 2013

Need some encouragement?!

I am helping at Vacation Bible School this week and I get to share the Bible point and the Memory Verse.  Yesterday we talked about ENCOURAGING OTHERS.  It was so cool to hear the kids share how they can encourage friends and family.  They also shared how they have been encouraged by others.  Well, wouldn't you know that today I would come across  (by accident?) this video that kids could probably really relate to.  This little guy is encouraging others to ride learn to ride their bike.  I love his excitement----and I couldn't help but wonder if we all encouraged others with this amount of enthusiasm what an awesome world we would live in.  I hope you enjoy!   And go encourage someone today!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Random Acts---Great Character!

Mrs.  Schuller's 3rd grade class was busy doing some random acts of kindness today.  This morning at the end of my guidance class in 2nd grade, one of her students brought in bookmarks for each of the 2nd grade students.  These were made by Mrs. Schuller's students.  They had reminders on them to read this summer!  The 2nd graders were so excited to be the recipients of these handmade gifts!  This afternoon I caught them helping out the janitor by emptying trash.  Here they are in the photo with their bags from each classroom getting ready to take them to the dumpster.  AND they all had a smile on their face and were really enjoying it.  Isn't it amazing how fun it is to serve others?

Friday, May 17, 2013

Don't Quit Poem Movie

I guess you could call this video clip week---I just couldn't pass this one up.  Especially as we near the end of another great school year.  I hope you enjoy!

Don't Quit Poem Movie: If I had to guess, I would bet you are facing your fair share of challenges and obstacles in your life... I know I am. When things go wrong, and they sometimes will... how will you choose to respond? That is what this short movie is all about. Be inspired by these words of wisdom if you are thinking of quitting.

In these last days of school, it might be easy to give up---when we struggle to get things done and deal with daily stresses.  Hang in there---finish the race and DON'T QUIT!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Two Wolves Inside Me Movie

Two Wolves Inside Me Movie: I'm sure you've heard it before, but I couldn't agree more; Life is merely a series of choices. Where you are right now can all be linked back to every choice that you've made in your life to date. Every day we all make countless choices and every single one of them counts. That is what this short movie is all about.

Learn to listen to your inner wolf who is helping you make the right choices.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Trudy's Toolbelt for handling bullies!

When Trudy Ludwig visited our school, she introduced us to her toolbelt for handling bullies.  Since then, we have used these as our way to help kids learn how to handle a bully or even someone who is just being mean to them.  I hope they work for you too.
So....thank you to Trudy, for helping kids all over.

Tool #1:
Tool #1:  STOP!  Look the kid in the eye and tell him to stop talking to you that way.

Tool #2:

Tool #2:  Why? Why? Why?  Ask a “why”  question  after someone says something mean to you.  It distracts the kid who is trying to push your buttons.

Tool #3:

Tool #3:  Walk Away .  If someone is being mean to you, you don’t have to stand there and take it.  Walk or run to a safe place and hang out with grown-ups and kids you trust.

Tool #4:

Tool #4:  So, Whatever, Huh, Who cares?  Say one or two words in a neutral tone.  make sure your words aren’t cruel or hurtful.

Tool #5:

Tool #5  Change the Subject--Distract the kid by talking calmly about other things.

Tool #6:

Tool # 6 Act Silly or Goofy.  Use humor in a harmless way.  Don’t put someone down to build yourself up.

Tool #7:

Tool #7:  Turn an Insult into a compliment--turn the negative into something positive--ONLY if it doesn’t bother you to do this.

Tool #8:

ool #8--Agree with the bully--Go along with what the kid says--- ONLY if you don’t feel bad doing this.

The best way to understand these tools, is to read Trudy's book, Confessions of a Former Bully. The book is packed full of information on how to handle a bully---what to do and what not to do. I would recommend this book for all girls in grades 2-8. They can be printed out and hung in a child's locker at school or inside their notebook--right where they need them when they aren't sure what to do and they are in the middle of a tough friend situation.

Remember, we are responsible for our actions and words. All of the above tools help you act as a person of character.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Talking to Kids about Bullying by Trudy Ludwig

Bullying is such a hot topic with students, parents and educators.  I had a great visit via Skype with author Trudy Ludwig about bullying and she shared 3 words to use in explaining bullying with parents and students.  I found them very helpful.  She published an article on the topic and has given me permission to share this with my blog readers.  I hope you enjoy and can learn from this also.  

How to Talk to Your Kids about Bullying
FEBRUARY 20, 2013
Trudy Ludwig
Bullying has become such a hot buzzword in our society these days that the mere mention of it
can instantly trigger panic in the heart of the most experienced parent. So before you have a
conversation with your child about bullying, know this: Not all hurtful behavior is bullying.
Help Your Child Understand What Bullying Is . . . and Isn’t
Bullying is comprised of three key elements: an intent to harm, a power imbalance, and
repeated acts or threats of aggressive behavior. Kids who bully are consciously choosing to be
cruel, with no sense of regret or remorse—even when the targets of bullying show or express
their hurt or tell the aggressors to stop. Sometimes they're hurting too, thinking that hurting
someone else can stop their pain.
I love how this one school I visited in Wisconsin helped their school community--students,
teachers, and parents--understand the different tiers of hurtful behavior:
· When someone says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once,
that’s RUDE.
· When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once,
that’s MEAN.
· When someone says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it—even
when you tell them to stop or show them that you’re upset—that’s BULLYING.
When a child is mean to multiple people or publicly posts a hurtful comment online that can be
viewed by many, he/she is creating a repeated pattern of meanness, which can cross the line
into bullying. Those who bully often lack empathy—the ability to know what it feels like to be in
someone else’s shoes and to have compassion for his/her pain and suffering. The more
empathy and compassion we can instill in our children, the less room there will be in their hearts
for contempt and disregard for others.
Most Kids Aren’t Cruel—Offline or Online
Numerous Internet safety advocates and experts report that most youth aren’t bullying their
peers. That’s not to say that bullying isn’t a significant issue. The minority of kids who are
bullying can cause real harm to both the targets of bullying AND the many bystanders who
witness the bullying.
Because kids tend to do what they believe the majority of their peers do, it’s important to share
with your children this truth: Most youth are decent, caring, and responsible when it comes to
how they treat others. Let your teens know that you expect no less from them. And if they do
witness bullying, encourage them to report the abuse to an adult they trust or, if online, to the
service provider or through the social network’s reporting system. Also encourage them to
reach out and comfort the kid who is being bullied.
How to Talk to Your Kids About Bullying cont’d page 2
Turning Kids’ Mistakes into Teachable Moments
Let’s face it: our kids are going to make mistakes. Our job as caring parents is to make sure our
kids don’t keep repeating those mistakes so they can move forward in positive, healthy ways.
We do this by being good role models ourselves in how we treat those we encounter in life. We
also need to hold our children accountable for their hurtful behaviors. You don’t want your kids
to just say, “Sorry.” Have them SHOW they’re sorry by making up for the hurt they have caused
Emphasize the Importance of Respecting Others’ Differences
Remind your child that every person has value. While we all may not agree with others’
opinions, while we all may not end up being friends, we all deserve to have our presence
acknowledged and to be treated in a civil and respectful manner.
The reality is that we aren’t going to get rid of all the hurt in our kids’ world. What we can do is
raise more emotionally resilient kids who have the tools and strength to get through the hurt,
while the caring adults (teachers, school administrators, parents, and care givers) and kids in
their lives work together to effectively address and prevent peer cruelty.
Trudy Ludwig is a member of the Random House Speakers Bureau, a
children’s advocate, and the bestselling author of My Secret Bully, Just
Kidding, Sorry!, Trouble Talk, Too Perfect, Confessions of a Former
Bully, and Better Than You. Her eighth book, The Invisible Boy, will be
available in October 2013. For more information about Trudy and her
work to help kids thrive in their social world, visit
A Platform for Good (PfG) is a project of the Family Online Safety Institute, designed to help
parents, teachers and teens connect, share and do good online. PfG aims to start a dialogue
about what it means to participate responsibly in our digital world and, while recognizing the
potential risks, celebrates technology as a vehicle for opportunity and social change. Visit PfG
online at
© 2013 by Trudy Ludwig for A Platform for Good.

Wasn't that great information?!
My next post will be about the Bully Toolbelt that Trudy introduced to our students a couple years ago when she visited.  We use it as our guideline for how to handle a bully.  So....stop by in a couple of days to get the scoop on the Bully Toolbelt.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

That was our key word today in 2nd grade classroom guidance.
We watched the Auto B Good story about helpfulness.  It made us think about how helpful we are, how we feel when we are helpful, how does it feel to be in a group where everyone isn't doing their part?
So many things to think about.
We also shared a new video I found out about that features our area dairy farmers.  One of our 2nd grade students was in the video as well as our HS Art teacher and her family.  Can you imagine how helpfulness plays a huge part in a dairy operation?

Helpfulness is a great example of caring, responsibility, trustworthiness, citizenship, respect and fairness---golly, it is an example of all 6 PILLARS!!!