Elementary School Programs

A lot of relationship aggressions begin to show in girl’s friendships by early grade school. Having close friends becomes extremely important to girls at this age, and relations can get messy as they play with their newfound social power. Classrooms where there is a lot of drama, exclusion, gossiping and other “mean girl” behaviors cost girls individually and as a community: girls don’t feel safe; they are often full of emotions which distracts them from their school work; the class lacks the camaraderie and spirit that makes it fun to come to school.

The Strong Girls, Strong School program will give girls the safe space they need to learn about creating healthy friendships, resolve conflicts effectively, express their emotions in healthy ways, and to create the trusting, respectful environment they need and want.

Areas of Focus

  • Awareness of the patterns of relational aggressions and why they occur
  • Understand the costs to girls personally and as a group when conflicts are not resolved and aggressions are allowed to recur and fester
  • Handle conflicts directly and effectively
  • Learn how to run class meetings as a forum for handling conflicts, creating win-win solutions as a class, affecting change, creating what they want, speaking their opinion with authority, brainstorming and listening skills
  • Learn skills to handle teasing
  • Becoming “By-Players” who stand up to bullies vs. passive by-standers
  • Learn they are always in charge of their feelings and reactions to teasing/words
  • Skills to express all their feelings in healthy ways
  • Set intentions for how they will treat each other
  • Creating a more cooperative, collaborative and supportive environment
  • Take on leadership roles
  • Create service projects that they accomplish together
  • Come together as a close, unified, respectful community and achieve more
  • Proactively set the groundwork that will prevent escalation of relational aggressions in later grades

How the program looks (Call Anne Jordan for pricing and more information  

Office:  636.530.1883)

Option 1:

  • 2 hour initial meeting with girls
  • 5 – 90 minute follow up meetings* spread out over the semester
  • 45 minute parent coffee with facilitators (if desired) to describe the program, give parents ways to support their daughters learning and to answer any questions or concerns.  Held prior to sessions starting.

Option 2:

  • full day (6 hours) initial meeting with girls
  • 3 – 90 minute follow up meetings* spread out over the semester
  • 45 minute parent coffee with facilitators to describe the program, give parents ways to support their daughters learning and to answer any questions or concerns.

Option 3:

  • Overnight retreat for girls at a retreat center.
  • 3 – 90 minute follow up meetings* spread out over the semester
  • 45 minute parent coffee with facilitators to describe the program, give parents ways to support their daughters learning and to answer any questions or concerns.

 

Option 4:

  • After school program with parent’s paying per child for the program.
  • Students meet 6 sessions for 90 minutes  after school.
  • Minimum of 10 girls to run program

* The follow up meetings are designed to both keep teaching new skills and to handle any new issues that may have arisen. They will thus stay on top of things and handle conflicts immediately and effectively. They will learn how to run class meetings and use them as a forum to handle issues proactively and reactively.


Additional Offerings:

(these would be provided at additional cost)

Offer a workshop for teachers on ways to support girls with continuous learning in the classroom. Teachers will be encouraged to participate in most sessions with girls.

The following year, we could meet with the girls the first week of school for a 2-hour session, review what they learned the previous year and set new intentions for this school year. We could do a monthly 90-minute follow up the first semester, then as needed.