APPRECIATING PEOPLE WHO HELP US –
Young children are at a developmental stage that is quite self-focused. Developing a sense of appreciation for others is a skill that can be taught though. Through our guidance, children can start to understand the concept of gratitude, as they learn to recognize the people in their lives who help them.
Teachers are the first people children usually look to as a source of help when they are in school. They don’t always realize that their school is filled with a host of support staff, who can help them to learn, be safe, fed, and be at peace.
This week the Puppet Kids discover different people at their school who are there to help them, like the principal, custodians, cooks, librarians, bus drivers, counselors, and a variety of specialists. They recognize some of the ways that these adults can help them and then think of ways to show those people that they care.
The videos this week can jumpstart some class discussions about who are the various support staff in their own school. Kids can learn how to ask for help and also how to extend appreciation to the adults who care for them.
This week of lessons includes four scenario videos you can watch with your students Monday through Thursday with follow-up questions for class discussions. The bonus video for Friday is Puppet Pal News where student reporters interview the Puppet Pals about how they appreciate people who help them.
This week also includes a Simple Summary video in both English and Spanish. These are geared toward Pre-K students or those who are developing simple language skills while focusing on the target social-emotional skill of the week.