• Second graders are working on becoming problem solvers. They first learn that there are three steps involved in problem solving:  

    1. Be a fact finder
    2. What can I do? Brainstorm Ideas
    3. Try an Idea. 

    Over the course of three lessons fill our "problem solving tool box" with strategies:

    Share
    Take Turns
    Heart Talk
    Humor
    Apologize
    Get Help
    Stay Away
    Ignore
    Anger Management (Do not hurt yourself, others, or property)
    Give and Take


    Your children learn each of these problem solving strategies and bring home their very own tool box. You will be asked to send in an empty tissue box of any shape to be used as the tool box.

     

    Problem Solving Poem
    I did it!  I did it!
    I knew I could.
    I did it like
    I knew I should.
    I thought about my choices
    To my problems.
    I thought about consequences
    Before I solved them!
     

    We are learning to be problem solving detectives at school and hopefully at home as well. Click the link below for some steps you can use at home to help foster problem solving skills. Learning to solve problems independently contributes to self confidence, motivation, and responsibility. Independent problem solving may mean more mistakes, but those mistakes are where the learning begins.