An Introduction To Mrs. Lawson
Paws-itive Padre Announcement
Have You Seen this Frog?
During the first few months of school the counselor, Ms. Lawson, will be visiting your child’s class to talk to them about Kelso. Kelso is a frog that assists children to identify and solve problems between people. According to Kelso, there are two sizes of problems: big and small.
Small problems are not very dangerous and not very scary. Children can work to solve their own small problems using self-generated solutions or using some of Kelso’s solutions (see solution wheel below). Kelso asks children to try at least two of his choices before going to an adult for assistance.
Big problems are scary, dangerous and can result in physical injury. Children should not attempt to solve big problems on their own. They should seek help from adults they trust.
If a child brings a small problem to you without first trying to solve it on their own, the best thing to say is: “Is this a big problem or a small problem? Is it very scary or dangerous (no) Okay please use one or two of Kelso’s choices to try to solve this on your own. I’d be happy to hear how you solved the problem afterwards.” After your child has solved his/her problems be sure to provide the appropriate reassurance and positive feedback for a job well done.
Kelso’s program empowers children to identify and solve their own problems. Teachers and parents have reported a decrease in tattling/telling tales after using this program. Children appreciate having options from which to choose and to be given the opportunity to positively affect their own environment.
All of the elementary students know Kelso and his methods to solve problems, as this program is used school wide from kindergarten to grade 5. If you use this language at home your child will be exposed to a consistent response from adults and will begin to respond to conflict with more independence. With consistency, all our students can become independent problem solvers!