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Kindergarten Unit 1
Self-Awareness & Self-Management

 

Question 1. What is a feeling?

Students will know:
1. The definitions of basic feelings
2. It is okay to have any feeling
3. We express our feelings with words and facial expressions


Materials
K Self-Awareness Packet.pdf

Books

My Many Colored Days


   This rhyming story is a wonderful way for parents and teachers to talk with children about their feelings. Each day is described in terms of a particular color, which in turn is associated with specific emotions. Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a variety of animals, this unique book covers a range of moods and emotions. 








The Way I Feel


   Feelings are neither good nor bad, they simply are. Kids need words to name their feelings, just as they need words to name all things in their world. The Way I Feel uses strong, colorful, and expressive images which go along with simple verses to help children connect the word and the emotion. Your child will learn useful words, and you will have many chances to open conversations about what’s going on in her/his life. Recommended by parents, teachers and mental health professionals, The Way I Feel is a valuable addition to anyone's library

Monster   Glad, sad, silly, mad - monsters have all kinds of different feelings! In this innovative die-cut book, featuring a snazzy foil cover, you'll try on funny masks as you walk through the wide range of moods all little monsters (and kids!) experience. 



Kindergarten Unit 2
Responsible Decision Making

Questions
What is an expected and unexpected behavior?

Students will know:
1. Behavior can be expected or unexpected 2. Behavioral expectations change based on your location and audience.


Information
Social Thinking: Expected and Unexpected Vocabulary



Kindergarten Unit 3
Social Awareness


Questions
Who is different?

Students will know:
1. Words that identify a group are: everybody, class, friends, all, we, our, together 2. Everyone is different

Books

The Skin You Live In


     With the ease and simplicity of a nursery rhyme, this lively story delivers an important message of social acceptance to young readers. Themes associated with child development and social harmony, such as friendship, acceptance, self-esteem, and diversity are promoted in simple and straightforward prose. Vivid illustrations of children's activities for all cultures, such as swimming in the ocean, hugging, catching butterflies, and eating birthday cake are also provided. This delightful picturebook offers a wonderful venue through which parents and teachers can discuss important social concepts with their children. 
 Be Who Yo Are   In a brand-new companion to his beloved classic, It's Okay to Be Different, New York Times bestselling author Todd Parr encourages kids to be proud of who they are inside. 

Be who you are!
Be proud of where you're from.
Be a different color. Speak your language. 
Wear everything you need to be you. 

Readers are encouraged to embrace all their unique qualities








Call Me Tree
  In this spare, lyrically written story, we join a child on a journey of self-discovery. Finding a way to grow from the inside out, just like a tree, the child develops as an individual comfortable in the natural world and in relationships with others. The child begins Within / The deep dark earth, like a seed, ready to grow and then dream and reach out to the world. Soon the child discovers birds and the sky and other children: Trees and trees / Just like me! Each is different too. The child embraces them all because All trees have roots/ All trees belong. Maya Christina Gonzalez once again combines her talents as an artist and a storyteller to craft a gentle, empowering story about belonging, connecting with nature, and becoming your fullest self. Young readers will be inspired to dream and reach, reach and dream . . . and to be as free and unique as trees.


Kindergarten Unit 4
Relationship Skills


Questions
1. What is a friend?

Students will know:
1. Qualities such as having expected behavior, being a good listener (Whole Body Listening- listening with your heart), honesty, respect (Golden Rule),  helpful, kind, share, including others.