Kelso's choice

Kelso's Choice

Conflict Management 

This conflict-management curriculum for elementary students is based on the premise that every child is capable of becoming a peacemaker. Designed around Kelso the Frog, this program offers nine options students can choose from to resolve minor conflicts on their own. Students are now able to determine the difference between minor problems they can handle and serious problems that require an adult’s help.

The program defines serious problems as situations that are dangerous. Students now know that these situations need adult help. Examples of serious problems are when a student is pushing another student or a student is leaving the designated playground area. Minor problems ("small") are defined as situations that students are "smart enough and strong enough" to handle on their own. For these problems, students are encouraged to use Kelso's wheel of choices to solve the problem. The nine choices include:
Go to another game
  1. Talk it out
  2. Share and take turns
  3. Ignore it
  4. Walk away
  5. Tell them to stop
  6. Apologize
  7. Make a deal
  8. Wait and cool off
Please reinforce Kelso's Choices with your child and encourage him or her to practice the problem solving steps.