Friday is Social Studies and today's theme is proud to be unique!
I often base the day around a book that goes with the theme! Today's book is Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon! Such a great story of an inspiring young girl with such positive self concept - and one very awesome grandmother too! Check out the story by clicking the pic below.
I like to clarify some concepts as we read (you can pause the video) and you can gauge what your child may need help understanding. For example:
When it's done, I really like to talk up the grandmother! Wouldn't it be great to have someone to encourage you and empower you like she does?!?! She helps Molly Lou feel confident so that the bully isn't able to bother her!
Talk with the littles about how we can ALL be like that grandmother! We can help our friends and family by ENCOURAGING one another and empowering others to feel confident about themselves!
Here's where I like to think of some positive and encouraging things we can say about our friends! Once we have a good list we make our "cheer" props! Pom poms, foam (paper) fingers and megaphones so that we can cheer each other on!!
You're the best!
Look at you go!!
I usually make my own but if you need a template or ideas visit these links by clicking the pictures. FYI the poms use plastic table cloths but you could use tissue paper, plastic shopping/garbage bags etc.
Next up we talk about what makes each of us UNIQUE! Maybe only one of us has black hair, maybe one wears glasses, etc.
Ask them how they would feel if people laughed at them for having black hair, or called them names because they wore glasses. It's SO SILLY to think anyone would do these things. But some people do and we often call them BULLIES!
Let them know that the best way to be empowered against bullies is with CONFIDENCE! Being proud to be you and not worrying what some silly person might say! We call this SELF-CONFIDENCE!
I like this mini lesson and worksheet over at Positive Psychology...
Time to flaunt our talents! What do you think you are good at?
The littles often have trouble coming up with a talent other than singing so it's nice to show them some you tube videos of other talents. (Click the pic below or find your own) I like to give them some options and then let them practice for a while before we put on a show!! Eg. I see if anyone thinks they might be good at balancing a book on their head, or skipping, etc.
Have everyone in your family practice a talent and then put on a show!! The littles will have so much fun!!! Don't forget to bring out the foam fingers, megaphones and pom poms!!
Laura from Evergreen
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