In this lesson students learn about and practice good choices they can make, using the book 26 Big Things Small Hands Do. Teaching staff read the book and discuss it every day during circle time for a month, then complete a small group activity later in the day that allows students to practice the concepts presented in the book.
Students will identify, discuss, and practice the life skills of making good choices and working together.
Students will generalize the positive social skills they work on during these lessons to the classroom and other environments.
Markers, paper, blocks, and other general supplies found in an early childhood classroom
Cookie dough, cookie cutters, and icing/ toppings
Supplies to make musical instruments (cans, shoeboxes, beans, rice, etc.)
Here are the activities they did:
B (Build)- Children worked together to build with blocks.
D (Draw)- Children drew pictures of themselves
E (Explore)- Children took a tour of the classroom and school building (this was the first month of school)
G (Give gifts made with love)- Children made heart shaped cookies and shared them with children and staff in other classrooms.
I (Invite new friends to play)- The classroom hosted another class for a play time.
J (Join)- Children joined hands and played ring around the rosie
K (Kindle Kindness)- Children discussed different ways to be kind to others.
M (Make Music in Marching Bands)- Children made musical instruments, then had a parade and marched around the school.
S (Sign Love)- The children learned how to sign “I Love You.”
T (Teach)- Children discussed different ways to teach others.
V (Volunteer)- Children discussed different ways to help others, including helping out at home
X (x and o)- The children “wrote” love letters to their families, and practiced writing their X’s and O’s.
During each activity, the teachers and classroom staff emphasized the good choices students were making.
Dawn Wilhelm, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, Don Earl Early Childhood Learning Center, Fox C-6 School District
Marti Shedron, Speech and Language Therapist, Don Earl Early Childhood Learning Center, Fox C-6 School District