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Problem Solving

Kelso’s Choice Problem Solving

Kelso’s Choice effectively teaches young children peace-making skills. It is a proven resource to increase confidence, reduce tattling and is a preliminary tool to prevent bullying.

This program is a powerful and timely tool to build a vital life skill for the young people in today’s world. The program philosophy is simple: each child is smart enough and strong enough to resolve conflict.

Problem Solving Wheel

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:

  • Go to another game
  • Talk it out
  • Share and take turns
  • Ignore it
  • Walk away
  • Tell them to stop
  • Apologize
  • Make a deal
  • Wait and cool off

When a child comes to an adult to solve their “small problem,” the adult tells the child to try one or two of Kelso’s Choices first. If that doesn’t work, the adult can intervene. Students are also taught how to ask for an adult for help in the event of a “BIG problem.”