Meet Kelso the frog.
Kelso’s Choices are used throughout Fall River as a model for problem solving and teaching children strategies for solving small problems on their own. Your child can use Kelso's Choices to solve kid-sized or little problems all by themselves.
We learn that BIG problems always require the help of an adult they trust (parents, teachers, grandparents, counselor…). We know it’s a big problem if we feel scared or feel unsafe, or if anyone is physically hit, kicked or hurt. We know to get adult help immediately if we have a big problem.
We also learn that students are strong enough and smart enough to handle most small problems on their own, using one of the nine Kelso’s Choices. We often will try a couple choices at once to solve a problem, and we know that not every strategy will fit every situation. Learning about Kelso’s Choices can increase your child’s confidence in their ability to cope with conflict and change, as well as build friendship and problem-solving skills that can last a lifetime.
Kelso the frog teaches students how to solve “small” problems on their own. “Small” problems include conflicts that cause “small” feelings of annoyance, embarrassment, boredom, etc. “BIG problems” always need to be taken to an adult. These are situations that are scary, dangerous, illegal, etc.
Kelso has nine choices to solve “small problems.” These are illustrated in the Kelso’s Choice Wheel. They include:
When a child comes to you to solve their “small problem,” tell them to try one to two of Kelso’s Choices first. If that doesn’t work, then an adult can intervene. Make sure your kids know to ask an adult for help in the event of a “BIG problem.”