I have a class of Kindergarten students who come from a high poverty environment. 100% of our students are eligible for free and reduced-priced lunch. We are located in a large city in an area that has low income properties and housing. We provide weekend meals to our children along with a Farmer's Market food pantry that is offered monthly to our families.
Our school has the highest immigrant population in our district.
We have many students in our population whom speak English as a second language and have very little opportunities for real life experiences at home. The Kindergarten students have come to my class with little exposure to academics and life experiences.
In Kindergarten, learning about academics is just one component of our learning. Another major component in the classroom is learning to get along with each other, play nicely, respect others, and be good citizens. I came across these books that allow educators to teach these social skills through stories that children can relate to.
These are stories that happen daily in the classroom and are specific examples to the boys and girls about social skills.
For example, some of the books are in relation to teasing vs bullying, using our words nicely, sharing and not always doing things just our way. The titles, "My Mouth is a Volcano" "Tease Monster" and "A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue" are books about these social skills and a great way to introduce these skills to my boys and girls. These books will provide an opportunity for me to teach the class about the school rules and expectations of the classroom.
I will do this in a large group setting, but as well as a small social group setting. We will work in small groups to role play, model, and practice these skills learned in the books. This is why I asked for 5 of each book. I can allow each child to have a book to reference while teaching in our social group setting.
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