As a school social worker, the beginning of the school year means the beginning of new groups. For a social/emotional group to be beneficial it is important that the group members feel connected with one another and feel safe and cared for. In other words, the foundation that is built early on dictates the future success of the group.
In this pack, you will find four activities that are great for getting to know one another and building a sense of community and trust. It is up to you, the group leader, to decide which activities will benefit the group members the most. Some groups are easy and they bond almost immediately, others take the first month of school to solidify.
All of these activities can be used within the general education setting too to build a sense of community and belonging. Use them at your tables, with your reading groups, or as a whole class!