As many of you have been doing this summer, I'm constantly on the look for items and ideas for the next school year. I've been making mental notes of all of the ideas I want to try in getting my counseling program running this fall. Hours have been on pinterest searching for ideas (you can follow my counseling board here http://pinterest.com/tracimh/creative-counseling/). As a thrifty counselor, one of my favorite shopping spots is the dollar section at Target! I get so excited this time of year with all of the great stuff they have for $1 that I can utilize in my counseling practices. Yesterday, I found a few things that I wanted to share with you all. I'm sure I will be back again many times before the school year starts, but here's what I picked up so far:
Exciting stuff, I know! Here's my plan so far:
1. Pipe cleaners---I don't know where to start! I'm sure these will be used for many craft projects in small groups, hmm, maybe I should go grab more?
2. Sparkly Pom Pom balls---Last year, I decided that in all of my groups, I would start the first session in the same way. We would go over our group guidelines and then read the story Have you Filled A Bucket Today? I think its a great way to talk about respect and working together as a group to help each other...we are all there for a similar reason. Here comes my pom pom idea...as a behavior management strategy, we will work together as a group to fill our group bucket (I haven't purchased the bucket yet). I'm thinking of somehow working this into my guidance lessons too. Any suggestions on that?
3. Wipe Clean Double Sided Sentence Strips---I was so excited to find these after reading a pin on pinterest about having students practice writing "I statements" in small groups. These were a must-buy!
4. Paper Mouse Pad---a mouse pad I can write on???? Whaaaattttt?! I really love organization, planning, calendars, that type of thing; so when I found this mousepad that has 20 sheets of monthly grids, I was sold!
What bargains have you found for your school counseling office next year?