Young children are just learning to be socially aware of their peers. When other children say and do things that your child does not like or understand, it is easy to cast judgment on that behavior. Instead of thinking that the other child is being “mean” or “bad, “ we can guide them to look beyond the behavior and help them to see their peers through a more positive lens.
Kids can relate to having feelings of frustration, making mistakes, or experiencing a hard day. None of us behave well when our emotions are out of control, so helping your child to understand that others might be struggling emotionally, can lead them to “thinking the best of others.”
This week the Puppet Kids witness their classmates exhibiting some unpleasant behavior. Instead of thinking the worst of their peers, they learn to say things like:
- “Maybe they are having a hard day.”
- “They are doing the best they can right now.”
- “It’s not about me.”
- “Just like me, they made a mistake.”
After watching the videos, your children can remember times when they too have grappled with uncomfortable feelings. Perhaps they will then stop and review these questions in order to extend grace to others in similar circumstances.
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. The kids can join Farmer McDonald on Friday as he gives the Puppet Pals advice on how to “think the best of others.”
This week also includes a Simple Summary video in Spanish for students who are developing simple language skills, while focusing on the target social-emotional skill of the week.