As adults, most of us have no trouble setting boundaries for the children in our care. We establish rules for acceptable behavior: what is OK and what is not, like not hitting, grabbing, or interrupting.
It is important for children to learn how to set their own boundaries with others as well. This is a reciprocal skill because it involves listening to and respecting the boundaries set by their peers too. This can be a difficult skill for children to acquire, but starting at a young age by setting developmentally appropriate boundaries is important.
Boundaries start with being self-aware enough to recognize and understand their own needs and being respectful of the needs of others. The videos for this week will help your children to grasp the complex concept of setting boundaries with others. As they watch the Puppet Pals in a variety of situations, kids can see how they too, can stand up for themselves when:
- they feel unsafe in an activity
- they are being teased
- others are not treating their belongings with care
- they feel like others are being unfair
As the Puppet Pals learn how to set boundaries with their friends and stand up for themselves, their friends also learn how to hear, understand and respect their requests. What might be fun or funny to one person, may not be perceived or appreciated by someone else.
This week of lessons includes four scenario videos that you can watch with your students Monday through Thursday, with follow-up questions for class discussions. Kids can join Coach Carl on Friday to play a game called Don’t Cross the Line, where they get some exercise and have the target skill reinforced.
This week also includes a Simple Summary video in Spanish to help those who are developing simple language skills, while focusing on the target social-emotional skill of the week.