Welcome to the Lower School Guidance page! The Lower School Guidance program at Pinewood offers developmentally appropriate instruction and support services to students in Pre-K3 through Grade 5. We hope you find this page helpful and informative. The purpose of this page is to provide you with a central location to find information about our ongoing guidance curriculum at Pinewood and to provide you with information and support resources. The page will be updated on a continual basis. Please feel free to email Anna Bright (Guidance Counselor) if you have any questions or if there is a topic you would like to see covered.
A child’s emotional development is as important as their academic development. At Pinewood, we strive to educate our students to correctly identify, communicate, and manage their emotions. We also focus on identifying others’ emotions and how to react to those emotions/feelings. It is also important to learn conflict management skills, and how to make and keep friends. We also talk about the importance of rules (at school, in the home, and in our community), and how to work cooperatively in a group. Other important topics covered are the similarities and differences among people and families and recognizing diversity in society. The list could go on and on! Our guidance lessons involve short videos, stories, arts and craft activities, and games that assist children in learning these skills. Check back for monthly updates on these topics!
Topic of the Month
November 2020: Family, Communication and Responsibility
How to Help Children Understand Diverse Families (Bright Horizons)
- Say how you feel
- Acknowledge the other person’s feelings
- Very respectful conversation
- Engage in win-win solutions.
- Building Healthy Family Relationships (Kids Helpline)
- How Children Develop Empathy. (Psychology Today)