We all know how important it is to teach and support social skills. Year after year I see more and more children struggling to engage in even very basic social skills.
It’s important to teach social skills, explicitly in many cases, to our students. From kindergarten, all the way through elementary school…and in some cases, beyond.
Here are the 5 basic social skills that I like to teach in the kindergarten classrooms that I service:
Below are some creative ideas for how to teach these important social skills in your day-to-day teaching. I hope you find some helpful ideas that you can quickly and easily add to your routine.
Sharing Ideas: Create many opportunities for your students to share by making materials limited. For example, during a cut and paste activity, put out one less glue stick than number of children at the table. Support...
Do you have students who get really upset when they make even the smallest mistake?
Do you have students who try so hard to avoid making mistakes that they get incredibly anxious and preoccupied with doing something “right?”
Do you have students who struggle to understand (or admit) when they have made a mistake that requires an apology?
I have students who will rip their papers if they don’t like the way something looks. They will work really hard on something and then, out of (what seems like) nowhere, rip it up and throw it across the room.
I also have students who are so afraid to make a mistake that they sit quietly all day and will not start anything until the teacher gives them explicit instructions. They ask the same questions over and over, checking, to make sure they are doing it “right.”
And yes, I also have students who refuse to admit when they make a...