Squeals of laughter sneak into a hallway lined with pictures and stories of that month’s learning. The images portray the children enthralled in investigation; balancing blocks that test the edges of physics, creating art that is filled with colorful emotion, using...read more
Teaching social-emotional skills through story
Learning social-emotional skills early on in life is an important part of our development. These are the skills that support our interactions with those around us while we build long-lasting relationships with friends and loved ones, help us work through the tough times as well as celebrate the good, give us the courage to strive for our goals and the resilience to get there one step at a time.
Teaching social-emotional skills to young children can be a daunting task – I have outlined 9 practical tips for supporting social-emotional understanding in children in another post (click here) – but it holds a higher importance than the traditionally viewed academic ability that we believe children need to prepare them for life. I truly believe for a child to be successful academically, we need to support their BELIEF in their ABILITY to be successful.
As a lover of stories, and the value of reading with a child, I’m going to share the favorite titles I have found that will help you on your journey of enriching the skills that will set children up for success.
Below are the books I’ve used for teaching social-emotional skills through
Books About Leadership
Books About Fairness
Books About Empathy
Books About Compassion
Books About Patience
Books About Friendship
Check out these other posts with great book lists!
Creating learning environments that meet everyone's needs. This morning I attended a presentation with the hilarious and engaging Marc Battle. Marc is a passionate educator who knows and understands the value and importance of the environment in which children play...read more
Lindsay Müller is a creating Mindful Music for Children and Other Humans - She shared her story here: Three years ago, I was a stressed out mom of two energetic toddlers. I felt like most of the words that came out of my mouth were: "Be careful!" "Don't do that!" ...read more
Social Skills from Storytelling I love my job. I genuinely love what I do. I get to work with educators who are changing lives every day. I get to watch the magic happen in between wiped noses and zipped zippers. That magic spot where a child feels fully heard and...read more
Why do we need to have this conversation? What is the importance of a wonder-filled environment?! Watch this incredible video from Education Inspire Change - where they so creatively depict a problem that I believe we are facing.There are so many beautiful...read more
WHAT IS A BEAUTIFUL THINGS BOX? I've had quite a few readers reach out - asking about something I mention quite often. I walk you through a Beautiful Things Box that we are currently using and what we have inside - to learn more about why I love these and why they...read more