Lewisburg Primary School Counselor's Corner

LPS Kids of Integrity and Parents,

I hope all is great at home and that you are all keeping yourselves well and safe.  This is a challenging time for us all, but I know that if we stick together, we will be better people when it is over.  Children are amazingly resilient and incredibly optimistic.  That's why it's so much fun to work with them!

Teaching Integrity Time is the highlight of my day so I am really missing talking to our awesome Kids of Integrity!  I will be providing Integrity lessons each week for your child to complete if they want.  These lessons will cover feelings, family, friends, and Integrity (of course).

Please email me if you have any concerns.  Also, you may call me and leave a message.  I will be checking my messages throughout the week and will call you back.

Let's make the most of this time with our families.  I teach a lesson on optimism each year where I ask the children to find the "bright side" of bad situations.  I know there will be many "bright sides" to this time at home and I pray for you until we see each other again.

Yours,

Mrs. Penny

Integrity Talk

March 30  Looking for a kid friendly way to explain the Coronavirus to your child.  Check out this coloring book.  It’s great for coping with the fears and changes at home and school.

https://alliedhealth.lsuhsc.edu/clinics/docs/CarolineConquersHerCoronaFears32020.pdf

Coping Tips

1. Take deep breaths            2. Blow bubbles
3. Listen to calming music  4. Color
5. Read books                        6. Complete a puzzle
7. Dance to music                 8. Do yoga
9. Take a bubble bath         10. Give myself a hug
11. Squeeze all my muscles up and then let them relax to release tension
12. Pretend I’m a turtle going into my shell and then popping out once I’m not scared anymore
13. Count backwards from 100

Try to find the following items in your house to                                    make a coping kit:

Something that is soft — Something that you can play with Something that makes you laugh — Something that makes you smile — Something that reminds you of your friends Something that you can squeeze — Something that makes you happy — Something you can build with — Something you can draw with — Something you can sing with

If you have all the tools that help you cope in one place, they’re easier to get to when needed. After you make your coping kit, find a time to use it.


March 26   
Julia Cook is an amazing author who writes social skills stories for children.  Check out her new book, The Yucky Bug, illustrated by elementary students about COVID-19. The link is https://youtu.be/ZD9KNhmOCV4 Also, for a free download of Tips for Parents on Talking to Kids About The Yucky Bug click here https://bit.ly/38MEXs0

March 25 - 27  This week, the focus is on feelings.  Everyone probably has many feelings right now.  Kids may feel happy, sad, worried, etc.  The important thing is for children to be able to express their feelings and talk to their parents about them.  Children need to leave the worrying to the adults and just be kids.  Parents can reassure their children and keep the communication open.  There are many books about feelings - Today, I Feel Silly, The Way I Feel, and Sometimes, I'm Bombaloo are just a few you can find on Youtube to watch and discuss with your children.  Brave Irene is an amazing book to read with your child.  You can watch a reading of it at www.storylineonline.net It is a great story to talk about being brave, caring, and responsible.  Optional feelings activities are below.

Integrity Activities

Counselor Penny Martin
Contact Info:

662-893-6001 ext. 2

@LPSIntegrity

Penny Martin
LPS Counselor

I am beginning my tenth year at Lewisburg Primary School after being at Lewisburg Elementary School for 2 years.  This is my 34th year in education.  I taught for 4 years in Atlanta, GA.  I then moved to Starkville, MS where I became a teacher then a counselor.  I worked there for 14 years.  In 2004, I moved to DeSoto county and have been working for the DCS since.

I will be retiring at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my years in education.  This is where I have grown up!  The memories I have are priceless.  I am so thankful to have had a career working with your special children.

 

 

Education:
Mississippi State University: MS in Counselor Education, BS in Elementary Education

Certifications:

Licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified School Counselor, Registered Play Therapist

 

Welcome to the Counselor's Corner!!!

 

I am so excited to begin my 10th year as Lewisburg Primary School's counselor!  We have a school full of Kids of Integrity!  I am so proud of how they all strive to choose what is true, good, and right!  Teaching the Integrity Time lessons is one of the highlights of my week. 

In addition to teaching Integrity Time, I counsel children individually and in small groups.  Teachers, parents, and children may all make a counseling referral.  I work with children on a variety of concerns that may include self-esteem, family changes, feelings, behavior, etc.  If it's on their mind we can talk about it.

I use a child-centered approach to counseling.  The techniques used are determined on an individual basis that best fit the child's personality and concerns.  Also, I am a Registered Play Therapist.  Play is the language of children. Many things are worked out through play. The play techniques I use have been beneficial in helping children work through their feelings and concerns.

Please contact me with any questions and concerns you may have.  I am always willing to do what I can to help you and your children have a fabulous experience at Lewisburg Primary School!