KinderSocialSkills: A social skills curriculum for primary-aged students!
What is KinderSocialSkills?
KinderSocialSkills Curriculum is an engaging social skills curriculum with young learners in mind! KinderSocialSkills takes 75 common social skills and teaches them in a kid-friendly way for students. The students are able to grow and develop by listening to the social stories. The social stories contain two main characters, Tom Cat and Tabby Cat. The two cats will take the students on adventures as they are introduced to the broad social skills context through both home and school settings.
What is the structure of KinderSocialSkills?
KinderSocialSkills consists of 75 two-day lesson plans. Day one is an introduction of the skill and a social story. Day two is a review of the skill and a hands-on approach to applying the skill. On the second day the students are also asked to deeply think and apply the skill to their own lives. On both days the students will interact with their peers through verbal discussions. The teacher will lead the initial conversation and then turn it over to the students for their opportunity to have collaborative peer discussion. KinderSocialSkills also includes a follow-up independent writing sheet for each skill. This is a way for the students to put the skill on paper and for parents to be connected with the skill of the day. There is a note at the bottom of each paper so parents can track the social skill and hopefully continue the discussion of that skill at home.
What is included in KinderSocialSkills?
- 150 social skill lessons (75 skills spanning over 2 days each) *day one is a social story and day two is follow-up)
- 75 follow-up student sheets (2 differentiated versions included for non-writers and writers)
- paper clip art cat "puppets"
- notebook labels
- journal covers
What does the RESEARCH say about KinderSocialSkills?
Research shows us social skills are at times a bigger indicator for future success in life than academics (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2015). That statement is profound. A longitudinal study regarding kindergarten students and social skills was conducted by Drs. Damon Jones and Mark Greenberg, both professors at Pennsylvania State University, and Dr. Max Crowley, a professor from Duke University. The kindergarten students were tracked over a 20 year period and the results were astonishing. The predictions made in kindergarten based upon their social skills had a direct correlation with outcomes met in mid-adulthood and later adulthood. The study showed that utilizing social emotional health programs at a young age can help to improve these social skills. Furthermore, when students are given an opportunity to learn social skills, educators and parents are given the ability to notice those lacking these social skills and then set up immediate and intense interventions to correct this disconnect. The researchers believed that social skills are just as vital in the kindergarten classroom as academics.
What skills are included in KinderSocialSkills?
Being a good friend
Being first and last
Asking for help
Think before you speak
Staying on task
Initiating a conversation
Holding a conversation
Ending a conversation
Actions impacting others
*Please note that the stories may be used in any order you choose!
Ah, I love this but I teach PreK/First/Sped?
You will notice that this packet is marked as Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Grade! This is not something I do often or lightly! I find it very frustrating to purchase a packet and it not be grade level appropriate. I have included two differentiated versions to all practice sheets. These two versions work for non-writers (coloring) and writers (writing 3-4 simple sentences). Please note that NO student materials and NO teacher materials have the "KINDER" name on them so you do not have to worry about this! As teachers we are the only ones to ultimately make the decision as to know if it will work for our kids, if I can help with this decision please let me know! Please note that I have included alternate covers.
Is KinderSocialSkills a lot of prep?
This unit is a quick and simple prep! You will need to decide first if you choose to place all of the lessons on one single book ring or two separate book rings. Your next decision will be to print out the kindergarten specific covers or the generic grade covers. Print out your covers and then print out the 75 pages of lesson plan cards. Each page will have two days of lesson plans. Once the lesson cards are printed out, you will then trim around the edges and cut away the extra white paper. Next, you will need to hole punch each of the lesson cards. Place the cards onto the book ring(s) and you are good to go. You can place the student response sheets in a teacher master binder or make student journals. Laminating the lesson cards is optional. Printing the lesson cards on cardstock is recommended for durability.
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