Whether it’s a schedule gone array, a disappointment, or things not turning out the way we wanted, life is full of unexpected situations. How successfully we react to the changes that life dishes out is dependent upon our adaptability. Being adaptable means that we can take new information and easily pivot in order to respond with an open mind.
Children who are able to think flexibly are more apt to handle changes with optimism, confidence, and curiosity. This will help them to move more quickly into problem-solving mode instead of remaining frozen with overwhelming feelings, rigid thinking, or out-of-control behavior.
This week the Puppet Kids experience a variety of unexpected events and need to develop adaptability to deal with changes. We address their feelings, thinking, and actions and help them to reframe each situation in order to move forward with resilience and a positive mindset.
These videos will open up conversations that you can have with your children about times that they too experienced the unexpected. They can talk about their own feelings, thinking, and actions and discuss ways that they could have looked at those situations from an adaptable stance. This can also give them some tools for handling future disappointments.
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 as he teaches the Puppet Pals some exercises, which require the ability to quickly pivot from one activity to another.
This week also includes a Simple Summary video in Spanish for those who are developing simple language skills, while focusing on the target social-emotional skill of the week.