1- Life changes. Talked about what a life change is and listed some things that would change our whole lives. We talked about how those changes affect us-feelings, what you do, thoughts. We read We Are Best Friends and talked about the change in the book and how it affected the characters. They had strong feelings and we might, too! Discussed some coping strategies for dealing with tough feelings that come with life changes (or anything). Practiced deep breaths, counting, guided imagery, positive thoughts, tensing and relaxing muscles.
2- Diversity. Talked about how families and traditions can all be different. Students shared with each other a family tradition their family has. We read How My Parents Learned to Eat and discussed how the characters in the book were different, but made an effort to learn about each other and were respectful of the differences they had.