Working on a team isn’t always easy, but it is crucial if children want to be successful in school, sports, or later when they enter the workforce. It is therefore very important to teach children how to work cooperatively with others. Young children are just beginning to learn team-building skills, such as communication and problem-solving. Children will need to have patience and empathy with others, who might have different ideas about how to complete a task or solve a problem. This takes lots of practice and children will need adult guidance as they try to navigate the intricate complexities of working as part of a team.
This week the Puppet Pals find themselves in a variety of situations, where they need to work together as a team. They discover that team players can:
- Count on others and others can count on them
- Be patient with their teammates
- Listen to their teammates
- Problem Solve with their teammates.
As your children watch the videos this week, they can think of ways that they too have had to cooperate with others at home and at school. When you find children struggling to work or play together in a group, you can refer to the poster that reinforces the skills learned by the Puppet Pals.
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 watch In the Spotlight on Friday as the Puppet Pals learn to work together so their play can be a success.
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.