Virtual Book Tour Featuring Maria Dismondy

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Virtual Blog Tour Featuring Maria DismondyI am excited to participate in the virtual book tour for author Maria Dismondy’s latest book, Spoonful of Sweetness: and other delicious manners.  You may know Maria from her books Spaghetti in A Hot Dog Bun, The Potato Chip Champ and Pink Tiara Cookies for Three.  She also co-authored The Juice Box Bully: Empowering Kids to Stand Up For Others.

Maria’s adorable new board book was created for children ages Birth – 3 years old.  I love her use of character traits throughout the book which stresses the importance of instilling good character in children at an early age.  Kindness, Friendship, Responsibility, Empathy, Respect and Courage are all included with the cutest illustrations for the youngest eyes.

Click below to view the Spoonful of Sweetness book trailer.

Maria Dismondy is a #1best-selling children’s book author, former teacher, and highly sought-after speaker. Spoonful of Sweetness is her 5th children’s book.  Maria has a passion for spreading an anti-bullying message and making a difference in her writing, public speaking, blogging and charity work. She lives in southeastern Michigan with her husband and children. To find out more about Maria and her award-winning books, visit
Author, Maria Dismondy

CLICK HERE to check out Maria’s book on Amazon.

Congratulations to Maria on the birth of her third child, a son, on December 30, 2013!

If you would like an autographed copy of Spoonful of Sweetness, you may enter my giveaway below.  There will be one winner.  The giveaway will be open until 12:00 AM EST on Wednesday, January 22.
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A Lesson About Kindness

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Rosie's Roses- An adorable book to use while teaching kindness!- SavvySchoolCounselor.comToday, I’d like to share a book I’ve used when teaching kindness.  Rosie’s Roses, by Pamela Duncan Edwards, is an adorable book about Rosie the Raccoon.  Rosie has four roses for her Aunt Ruth’s birthday present.  While on the way to deliver them to her Aunt, she discovers she is missing a rose – not once but three times.  When she realizes her roses are being used by Mr. Rat, Mr. Rabbit, and Mrs. Robin, she’s not so happy at first.  However, Rosie goes on to show kindness to each of the animals after she learns why they needed the roses.  With one rose left for Aunt Ruth, Rosie goes on to show her greatest act of kindness with her fourth and final rose.

During the last TpT sale, I purchased a cute unit about Kindness from a seller who teaches first grade.  There are several pieces to pull from it, but I used just a couple of them for this lesson.  After reading the story and talking about the ways Rosie showed kindness, I used an activity where the students read different sentences aloud to the class and decided whether the act was kind or not kind.  The unit included the “kind” and “not kind” signs which I copied onto card stock, laminated, and taped inside two small buckets. There are 12 cards with sentences to use for this activity.   Student volunteers came to the front, read the card aloud to the class, and decided which bucket their cards should be placed in.  This allowed us to continue to discuss examples of kindness.  Four of the cards gave examples of not being kind.  Most of my first graders love to volunteer and participate, so this lesson has been a hit with them.

A lesson about kindness! -  Purchased from A Year of Many Firsts

After the lesson, I left the students with a writing activity which also came from the unit.  They were asked to write about and illustrate a time they were kind.  I visited one of the classes the following day to find their writing hanging from a display cord, so I took some pictures to share.

A lesson about kindness! -  Purchased from A Year of Many FirstsA lesson about kindness! -  Purchased from A Year of Many Firsts A lesson about kindness! -  Purchased from A Year of Many Firsts






It’s nice to find activities like these to help complete a school counseling lesson.  I really enjoyed doing this with my students.

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A Treasure Chest of Test Taking Tips

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Testing Treasures- A fun way to share simple test taking tips with your students-

While looking through one of my favorite Test Taking resources, Excite Me! Motivate Me! Test Me! by Sandra Robinson, I came across another great idea.  I couldn’t wait to find a treasure chest!  Here’s a fun way to share a few basic test taking tips with your students:

What you’ll need:

  • A treasure chest (I was just about to order one from Oriental Trading before a co-worker had one she didn’t need anymore!)
  • A pencil- This reminds students to have a #2 pencil.
  • A clock- This reminds students to use their time wisely.
  • Cake mix- This reminds students to follow the directions.
  • A pillow- This is to remind the students to get a good night’s rest.
  • Glasses- These remind the students to keep their eyes on their own papers.
  • Checkers- These remind the students to check over their work.
  • Cereal- This reminds the students to eat a good breakfast.
  • A hanger- This reminds the students not to give up – just “hang” in there!

I was able to find just about everything on the list.  I couldn’t find a small enough pillow, so I purchased a small piece of felt and some pillow filling and made it myself by sealing the edges with stitch witchery.  I found a small checkers game and the glasses at the Dollar Tree.  I purchased a variety pack of cereal so the box would be small enough, and I found a small Jiffy Cake Mix.  The hanger came in a set of baby hangers from the Dollar Tree also, and the small clock I found at Walmart.  I grabbed an extra pencil from a drawer, and I was set!

Testing Treasures- A fun way to share simple test taking tips with your students-

I can’t wait to use this as I begin working with my students on test taking tips.

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Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) TpT Sale!!

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Teachers pay Teachers is having it’s quarterly site wide sale on Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd.   Everything in my store will be 20% off. Use the code CYBER to receive another 8% for a total of 28% in discounts.

Cyber Monday (and Tuesday) TpT Sale- Dec. 2-3

My newest products include my School Counselor’s December Activity Pack and my School Counselor’s January Activity Pack.

School Counselor's December Activity Pack

School Counselor's January Activity Pack

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The A, B, C, and D of Bullying

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Free Bullying Poster- SavvySchoolCounselor.comWith Bullying Prevention Month in full swing, I have been focusing on the subject in my school counseling lessons.  A resource I’ve mentioned before that I really enjoy using is Diane Senn’s Bullying in the Girl’s World.  This week, I began using the PowerPoint (that comes on the CD in the book) with my fifth grade friends.  The PowerPoint is such a great discussion starter.  I thoroughly enjoy using it with my students.  This lesson is one time where we are simply having a discussion and nothing else.  I once felt like I needed to come up with something for them to “do” while we went through the slides, but they are always so engaged that the PowerPoint is enough.

It first asks the students to raise their hands if they have ever bullied someone.  This is always interesting.  I usually do have 2-4 students who are brave enough to admit this from the beginning.  I always commend them for having the courage to raise their hands.  After going through several examples of “bully behavior” another slide says to raise your hand if you’ve had bully behaviors.  At this point, I’ll usually see more hands come up.  Many students don’t realize what bullying truly is.  Many are quick to say they are being bullied.  This lesson really helps them understand more clearly.  I’ve said it before, but this book is a must have for elementary and middle school counselors in my opinion.  I LOVE it!  The classroom lessons section is great for both boys and girls.

Bulllying in the Girl's Word by Diane Senn

Dr. Robyn Silverman, a child development specialist, was a guest on Good Morning America yesterday.  She was there to discuss an incident in the news that was being called bullying.  She spoke about what bullying is and it fell right in line with the PowerPoint I have been using with my fifth graders.  I loved her A, B, C, and D of Bullying.  She says when determining if a situation is bullying or not, remember A, B, C, and D:

  • A- Aggressive: Bullies attack physically, socially, or emotionally.
  • B- Balance of Power is Unequal:  The balance of power is usually unequal such as bigger vs. smaller and older vs. younger.  I added Diane Senn’s point about the power of popularity.
  • C- Consistent:  Bullying happens more than once over a period of time.
  • D- Deliberate: A person usually bullies with an intent to do hurt or harm.

I thought this information would make a great poster to put in classrooms to help students remember what bullying is.  So of course once I got home, I made one.  I envisioned the black background with the colored letters, but I decided to make one with a white background and a black and white version to give you options.  You can download your free copy by clicking HERE or by clicking the picture of the poster at the top of this post.

I’ll be starting The Weird Series again with my 4th graders in November.  I’m looking forward to doing those lessons again.  If you don’t know about those wonderful books, just click HERE to see my three posts.

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