Self-Awareness 1:1

Theme:

In this activity, you will enhance children’s self-awareness by addressing the origin ofchildren’s names and their unique physical characteristics!

Circle of Education® was selected by TheraCare in New York City as a Social Emotional Development and Learning Readiness program for young children age 2 to 8

Materials:

  • A book focusing on self- awareness
  • 1. "Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon" by Patty Lovell
  • 2. "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes
  • A whiteboard
  • Dry-erase markers
  • A puppet
  • Song lyrics

Importance of Activity:

  • In completing this activity, you will not only enrich your relationship with the children in your group while working together, but the children will also be able to express their individuality.
  • While you engage children in conversations concerning their names and unique physical characteristics, language enrichment is taking place and self-recognition of their name is strengthened.

Goals:

  • Child knows own characteristics and name, and how each is similar to and different from others.
  • Child recognizes own uniqueness and is aware of self and others.
  • Strengthening adult-child relationship.

Suggested Dialogue:

  • What is your name? Let's write it on the whiteboard.
  • Do you know why your parents chose that name?
  • Do you know other people/children with the same name?
  • We all have different physical characteristics that make us special! Let’s write down our eye color, hair color, skin color, height and any other special characteristics that make us unique.
  • Let’s look at the book and follow the pictures.
  • What did we learn about the child in this story?
  • How does the child feel about his/her name?
  • How does the child feel about him/herself?

Instructions:

  1. Sing the song WE ARE ALL SPECIAL with the children using, the lyrics and the puppet.
  2. Ask the children about the song and what it is about.
  3. Ask each child to say his/her name and write the name on the whiteboard.
  4. Ask each child to tell the group about his/her name and what is special about it. Are there children in the group with the same name? If so, ask them what makes them special even though they have the same name.
  5. Make a list of the children in the group, including each child’s physical characteristics.
  1. Show the children the book that you selected and do a "picture walk."
  2. Read the story and ask the children to reflect on the story and the main character in the story.
  3. Discuss how the character in the book feels about his/her name and how the other characters react.
  4. Discuss the feelings that we experience when we have characteristics which make us look different than others.
  5. Discuss ways to cope with and share these feelings.
  6. Ask the children to share/reflect on how the activity and discussion made them feel.
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Self-Awareness 1:1

We Are All Special

Theme:

Intensity: Large

Song: We are All Special

In this activity, you will enhance children’s self-awareness by addressing the origin of children’s names and their unique physical characteristics!

Materials

  • A book focusing on self- awareness
  • 1. "Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon" by Patty Lovell
  • 2. "Chrysanthemum" by Kevin Henkes
  • A whiteboard
  • Dry-erase markers
  • A puppet
  • Song lyrics

Importance of Activity

  • In completing this activity, you will not only enrich your relationship with the children in your group while working together, but the children will also be able to express their individuality.
  • While you engage children in conversations concerning their names and unique physical characteristics, language enrichment is taking place and self-recognition of their name is strengthened.

Desired Outcomes

  • Child knows own characteristics and name, and how each is similar to and different from others.
  • Strengthening adult-child relationship.

Suggested Dialogue

  • What is your name? Let's write it on the whiteboard.
  • Do you know why your parents chose that name?
  • Do you know other people/children with the same name?
  • We all have different physical characteristics that make us special! Let’s write down our eye color, hair color, skin color, height and any other special characteristics that make us unique.
  • Let’s look at the book and follow the pictures.
  • What did we learn about the child in this story?
  • How does the child feel about his/her name?
  • How does the child feel about him/herself?

Instructions

  1. Sing the song WE ARE ALL SPECIAL with the children using, the lyrics and the puppet.
  2. Ask the children about the song and what it is about.
  3. Ask each child to say his/her name and write the name on the whiteboard.
  4. Ask each child to tell the group about his/her name and what is special about it. Are there children in the group with the same name? If so, ask them what makes them special even though they have the same name.
  5. Make a list of the children in the group, including each child’s physical characteristics.
  6. Show the children the book that you selected and do a "picture walk."
  7. Read the story and ask the children to reflect on the story and the main character in the story.
  8. Discuss how the character in the book feels about his/her name and how the other characters react.
  9. Discuss the feelings that we experience when we have characteristics which make us look different than others.
  10. Discuss ways to cope with and share these feelings.
  11. Ask the children to share/reflect on how the activity and discussion made them feel.

Survey

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