Cardinal Rules

teaching reading to studentsWe are kind and respectful.

A little bird told me how tweet you can be. Birds of a feather, flock together.

Books: Have You Filled a Bucket Today? A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids by Carol McCloud

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein

Visiting Feelings by Lauren Rubenstien, JD, PsyD

Visuals: feeling board; sensory feelings (cotton ball, sandpaper) cotton ball jar

Guiding questions: "What can we do to help each other?" "Are those cotton ball or sandpaper words?"


We are safe and responsible.

students playing in leaves

Try to avoid fowl play. A bird's job is to sit on it's nest, what's yours?

Books: Pigsty by Mark Teague

No means NO by Jayneen Sanders

Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems

Visuals: Job charts (for school and home); Rules (for school and home)

Guiding questions: "What would be a safe choice?" "What is your job right now?"






students playing games

We are problem solvers.

If you have a problem, talk or chirp it out. Let it roll off of you, like water off a duck's back.

Books: Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi Tucker Turtle Takes Time to Tuck and Think Snow Dog, Sand Dog by Linda Joy Singleton

Visuals: Solution kits, Tucker Turtle poster

Guiding questions: "What is wrong?" "How could we fix it?"


We do our best. students learning to write

Are your ducks in a row? Just keep flying, just keep flying.

Books: After the fall: how Humpty Dumpty got back up again by Dan Santat

Puppy Mind by Andrew Jordan Nance

Imaginations: Fun Relaxation Stories and Meditations for Kids by Carolyn Clarke

Visuals: Whole body listening posters, visual schedule

Meditation: flower/beauty, mountain/strength, water/clarity, space/freedom

Guiding questions: "Who is showing whole body listening?" "Do you feel like Humpty Dumpty after he got up again?"

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