Learning how to build healthy relationships in childhood and adolescence sets our students up for having healthy relationships as an adult. With this in mind, many of our classroom Wellness lessons are designed to give students the tools they'll need to resolve social conflict, set and enforce personal boundaries, and handle their emotions in a positive way.
In the younger grades we use Kimochis characters to help students role play common childhood conflicts. The scripts and strategies used during Kimochis lessons prepare students to handle difficult situations before they happen and to prevent their uncomfortable emotions from becoming hurtful actions. You may have even heard your student repeat Cloud's mantra, as it's a popular saying at BRCS: "It's okay to be mad, but it's not okay to be mean."
As part of the lesson plans for Feb-March, we will emphasize how 'owning up' to our friendship mistakes can be a scary task. It takes a lot of bravery to admit when we've done something wrong, and even more bravery to apologize to the person we've hurt . Students will practice crafting meaningful apologies and learn new ways to repair a relationship after hurtful or inconsiderate actions.
In the middle school this month, we'll be focusing on a problem-solving model of conflict resolution from Merrell's Strong Kids curriculum. This strategy will help students identify the root causes of conflict with their peers and brainstorm positive solutions. The steps are:
CAPSA (Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse) also visits BRCS's 5-8th grade classrooms monthly during Wellness time to address topics like healthy relationships, abuse prevention, and communication. Students are currently learning about healthy and unhealthy relationship qualities, and have practiced identifying them in Pixar films and other media. As you're reading or watching films together this month, see if your child is able to recognize some of these qualities in the characters and relationships they admire:
If you have any questions about the curriculum, or more resources for teaching healthy relationships at home, feel free to contact the Wellness office.
- Ms. Harris