2nd Grade Lessons

As your child's school counselor, I want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn, how to manage feelings, and how to get along with others.Second Step Posters

I meet with each second grade class every other week to teach important skills through the Second Step curriculum. In second grade, your student will build on the skills they learned in Life Skills class as a first grader. 

The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

  1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.
  2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and other’s feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.
  3. Emotional Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.
  4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way. 

Make sure to join www.secondstep.org with the activation key SSP2 FAMI LY72 to watch videos about the Second Step program and get information about what your student is learning. 


Also, during Guidance class, your second grader is getting more practice solving problems using Kelso’s Choices. Kelso the frog teaches students how to solve small problems on their own.

Kelso's Wheel

Small problems include conflicts that cause small feelings of annoyance, anger, embarrassment, boredom, etc.  BIG problems always need to be taken to an adult. These situations are scary, dangerous, illegal, etc. Kelso has 9 choices to solve small problems. These problems can be found on Kelso’s Wheel. Each Stangel second grader will be given a green card with Kelso’s Wheel to help them solve small problems at school.  You can use Kelso’s Wheel at home as well!

When your child comes to you to solve their small problems, tell them to try one or two of Kelso’s Choices first. If that doesn’t work, then an adult can intervene. Remind your child to ask an adult for help in the event of a BIG problem

When children solve small problems on their own, they build positive self-confidence and self-esteem!  

Want to see Kelso's Choices in action? Click on the link to this video: Kelso's Choices Video