Happy New Year! Have you made a New Year's Resolution?

At Horace Mann Elementary, we continuously help students make academic and behavior goals. You can do the same thing at home. The following was taken from an article by Big Life Journal. For more great ideas about increasing resilience in children sign up for their newsletter at

“Goal-setting is something even adults can struggle with: studies say that only about 8% of people achieve their New Year’s resolutions! So how can you teach children to set realistic goals—and actually follow through? Make it fun! Research shows that children learn best when they’re playing and enjoying themselves at the same time. Fun experiences increase levels of endorphins, dopamine, and oxygen, all of which promote learning.

Three Stars and a Wish

Here’s what to do:

--First, your child comes up with 3 “Stars,” or things she already does well. This can be anything from running fast to solving math problems to comforting her friends when they’re feeling sad. --Talk to your child about HOW she became so good at these “Stars.” Did she have to practice? Did it take her time to learn? Or did she magically acquire these skills overnight?

-Next, have your child come up with a “Wish.” The “Wish” is something that your child needs or wants to work on (a goal). --Ask your child WHAT she can do to help make her wish come true. Explain to her that this isn’t chance; it’s choice. She can choose to take steps that will lead to the fulfillment of her wish. --If the goal is a big one, help her break it into simple pieces. What are some small steps she can take now to achieve her long-term goals in the future? Your child will learn to set goals, think critically, and plan ahead. She’ll also develop the understanding that what she does now and throughout her life does now and throughout her life does matter and can positively impact her future.

Vision Board

Here's what to do:

--Take out some old magazines and ask your child to cut out pictures that represent her hopes and dreams. If your child has something specific she wants to include that she can’t find, you can print pictures from the Internet. --Your child will then paste these pictures onto a piece of poster board. She can also decorate with colors, glitter, feathers, etc. --When it’s finished, hang the vision board somewhere in your child’s bedroom, where she will frequently be reminded of her aspirations. Making the vision board helps your child think through her goals, and it also serves as a powerful visual reminder of everything she would like to achieve. Revisit the idea of the vision board often. Ask your child what different pictures represent and how she plans to achieve her various dreams.”

Best Wishes for a New Year,  Mrs. Roxie


School counselors are advocates for students. They seek to build relationships to help students grow emotionally, socially and academically. Counselors are first and foremost here to support student academic and learning development, helping students achieve school success. Second, life and career development, which helps students focus on future life and career goals. Counselors work to provide an awareness of multicultural and global citizenship to allow students to see opportunity in the ever evolving global communities. Finally, the school counselor provides social and emotional support allowing students to develop resiliency and strength as they work towards their future. Your school counselor is in the school to support you!


"Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow's reality" Malala Yousafzai





Roxie Crouch



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