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Kindergarten Curriculum

Hardin Elementary uses two programs for classroom guidance. The first program is the My Friends and Me and the other program is Too Good for Drugs for classroom guidance. This program contains five interwoven components which appear throughout the curriculum: Goal Setting, Decision Making, Bonding With Others, Identifying and Managing Emotions, and Communicating Effectively.

TGFD Kindergarten

Classroom Guidance Objectives

Lesson 1: Making My Day

Objective: The student will be able to list at least five ways to build a healthy self.

Rationale: Having a positive view of your personal future is a key developmental asset. The ability to picture yourself as having achieved your goals is one of the first steps in reaching them. This lesson helps children to envision goals for themselves. Because most kindergarten children are not able to envision themselves in the future, this lesson focuses on what it takes to make today a great day.

Lesson 2: Be Good to Your Body

Objective: The student will be able to:

List three internal parts of the body and describe what they do.

Recite at least three ways to help the body stay healthy.

Rationale: This lesson helps children learn how their bodies work, the importance of keeping them working well, and how they can promote their own health and well-being. The sense of personal power-the belief that "I have control over things that happen to me" is a key developmental asset.

Lesson 3: The Healthy Thing to Do

Objective: The student will be able to differentiate between safe, healthy decisions and unsafe, unhealthy decisions.

Rationale: Young children need to identify safe and healthy practices that will help them to meet health, hygiene and fitness goals. It also helps them recognize unsafe or unhealthy practices that might prevent them from reaching those goals.

Lesson 4: I’m Too Good For Drugs

Objective: The student will be able to:

Define drugs.

Differentiate between medicine and other drugs.

Discuss the harmful effects of non-medical drugs on the body.

Rationale: This lesson is the foundation for setting positive norms regarding drug use. Research shows that it is very important to let children know what is and is not acceptable, and to correct common misperceptions about the prevalence of drug use. The lesson also promotes a positive self-concept: I'm Too Good for Drugs.

Lesson 5: Mr. Big Mouth

Objective: The student will be able to:

Differentiate between substances that are harmful to eat and drink from those that are safe to eat and drink.

List at least five substances that are safe to eat and drink

List at least three harmful substances: tobacco, alcohol, poison.

Rationale: This lesson helps children to accept responsibility for making positive choices and gives them information they need to make safe, healthy choices about what to eat and drink. Experts consider an internal locus of control-the belief that I control my own attitudes and behavior-to be an important part of effective prevention programs.(NIDA Prevention Principles for Children and Adolescents)

Lesson 6: Goin’ Fishin

Objective: The student will be able to:

Recite at least six feelings: happy, sad, angry, afraid, surprised, excited

Discuss three ways that people show their feelings: with faces, bodies, words.

Demonstrate feelings non-verbally and express them verbally.

Rationale: Self-awareness helps children to recognize and name their own emotions, to better understand the causes of feelings, and eventually to recognize the difference between feelings and actions. Studies suggest that self-awareness is a key factor in positive youth development. (Emotional Intelligence, Goleman)

Lesson 7: Finding a Friend

Objective: The student will be able to:

Describe three to five ways to initiate conversations.

Practice verbal and non-verbal communication.

Describe characteristics of a friend.

Rationale: Studies suggest that children who have mastered the social skill of making friends are much more resilient than isolated children. Bonding with positive peers is a very important component of positive youth development.

Lesson 8: Stop and Think

Objective: The student will be able to:

Discuss personal responsibility for making positive choices.

Recite the following stueps in the decision-making process: stop and think

Perform role plays for decision making practice.

Rationale: This lesson teaches children a simplified way to make decisions that can be expanded as their thinking skills develop. In the primary grades, students learn to Stop and Think to make a good decision. In later, grades, this model will be expanded.

Lesson 9: All Together Now

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Recite at least four ways to resist pressure from friends to do things that are unhealthy or unsafe.

Recite at least three safe and healthy things to do with friends.

Rationale: Peer influence can be powerful. This lesson reminds children to focus on their own goals and shows them how to resist the negative influence of others. The ability to resist peer pressure is an important developmental asset.

Lesson 10: Tuggles the Teddy Bear

Objectives: The student will be able to:

Differentiate between safe and harmful substances.

Discuss personal responsibility for making positive choices.

Perform role plays for decision making practice.

Rationale: This lesson reinforces concepts taught throughout the curriculum. This lesson includes a special awards ceremony.