Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Kimochis!


The Mill Valley counseling program is excited to bring back the Kimochi Program to all five of our elementary schools! 

You may ask, “What are Kimochis?”  The word Kimochi (KEY.MO.CHEE)
means “feelings” in Japanese.  The Kimochi Program assists students in understanding feelings and personalities of both themselves and others.  Kimochi’s were developed by a wonderful group of leaders who created several different characters designed to give children the knowledge, skills and attitudes they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations constructively.  Wow, that’s a mouth full!

The Kimochi’s provide our counseling program and classrooms with age specific curriculum used throughout all elementary school levels.  The Kimochi curriculum incorporates innovative and fun activities developed to teach children how to manage challenging social situations with skill, character and confidence. 

Our MV counseling team is excited to use the Kimochi’s to develop and maintain a respectful and friendly student community.  In order to set the foundation for a Kimochi friendly environment, our counselors will be spending the next several weeks brining Kimochi’s into the Kindergarten classrooms and working with teachers to improve our students social and emotional learning.


Who are the Kimochis?

BUG is a caterpillar who is afraid of change.  Although he feels afraid, Bug secretly dreams of flying.  He does not like trying new things, but with some encouragement, his brave feelings help to spread his wings and fly!

CAT is a great leader and loves to be in charge, but she can sometimes be a little bit bossy. Now and then, her bossiness can lead to confrontation, or a “cat fight.”

CLOUD is a bit moody and unpredictable, just like the weather. When Cloud is happy, he spreads sunshine, but when you turn his head, his sad face signals that he might rain on your parade!

HUGGTOPUS is all smiles and hugs, but sometimes gets a little carried away by her big friendly personality. She has to learn about respecting other people’s boundaries.

LOVEY DOVE is sweet and nurturing and, like all doves, tries to keep the peace. She is always available to help with problem-solving and offering loving support.



Feelings



Perhaps our favorite thing about the Kimochi characters are their tangle feelings.  For children, it can be difficult to understand feelings they have.  The Kimochi characters not only present students with a tangle feeling, but they give students an idea of what those feelings represent:


Each character has a pouch students can use to stuff different emotions that may show how they (the student) or the characters are feeling.  Many students are able to use the characters to project their own feelings, using this form of play as a communication tool.

With this program we hope to continue educating our students and further develop their social/emotional intelligence. We are so excited to share our Kimochi’s with the Mill Valley students and hope to provide ongoing positive change in our school community.

For more information regarding the program, where to purchase merchandise, or how to communication with your children using Kimochi’s tools, please visit the website:




Thanks for reading :)
Jen

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