Sunday, January 6, 2013

School Counseling Linky Party 2013

Marissa Rex at Elementary School Counseling Blog is hosting a wonderful linky party for school counselors. I have slowed down with my posting over the last couple months, and I am participating in this party as a way of energizing me into writing more this year!!

To be honest, I don't really have any blog features on my blog, because I only know how to use the bare basics of Blogger. I would love to learn more about creating headings and different features! I guess my best feature is my classroom guidance posts.  I hope readers can come to my blog for many new and creative ideas.

My favorite blog post of 2012 is "Teaching Friendship with Real Life Animal Stories." This is a set of lessons I used in my 2nd grade counseling classes. At this age, kids LOVE animals, and they need to learn how to be good friends, so I combined these 2 concepts into a very fun unit!  The best part of these lessons was the kids got just as excited about them as I did!

My most popular blog post of 2012 was "A Smart Girl's Guide to Starting Middle School."  This was a girl's small group that I created using the American Girl book and adding activities that helped my 5th grade girls prepare for middle school.  Weekly topics included: Fresh Start: A New Mindset, A New School: Navigating Your Way Around, Subjects and Study Skills, Friends and Peer Pressure, and Bringing it all Together.  This group was a huge success, and I know my girls entered middle school better prepared and with more confidence after completing these lessons!

I have found some of my best resources from reading school counseling blogs! There are so many out there that I read daily!! Thank you to all those counselors that share your amazing ideas and continue to energize me through your posts!  If I had to pick my top 5, I'd say they are (in no particular order):

Elementary School Counseling
School Counselor Blog
Creative Elementary School Counselor
Scrapbook of a School Counselor
Savvy School Counselor

There are so many other great blogs that I religiously follow, I really feel bad only listing 5!

Happy New Year to everyone!


  1. Thank you so much for participating! :)

  2. Allison - Thank you so much for following my blog! I can't wait to read more of your blog :)
    - Cheryl

  3. Hello, Allison
    I am entering my first year as an elementary school counselor. Last year was my first year of counseling at a high school. I was planning to use 7 Habits of Happy Kids as my theme for this school year. Would you be willing to share your guidance lessons related to this theme?