Skillstreaming in Early Childhood

Lesson Plans and Activities
Lesson Plans and Activities
Pages: 232
ISBN: 9780878227228
Item Number: 5174


Skillstreaming in Early Childhood Lesson Plans and Activities is an engaging skill-building component designed to supplement the curriculum of the highly interactive Skillstreaming in Early Childhood program.

Lesson Plans and Activities provides a comprehensive social-emotional resource that instructors and school counselors can use to help children move successfully from skill introduction to confident mastery in real life social situations.

Students can learn important strategies, such as how to set goals, solve problems, develop impulse control, cooperate, anticipate consequences and think aloud. Age appropriate and fun exercises help children refine skills and successfully apply them in complex, human interactions, both in and out of the classroom.

This manual features more than 350 easy-to-use lesson plans and related activities. In addition, there are over 160 printable exercises available for download (link below). Each is designed to help children learn about their feelings and practice healthy social interactions through easily implementable lesson plans. Activities are provided for at least one week of supplementary instruction for each of the 40 skills in the early childhood curriculum.

NOTE: It is essential for successful implementation of this curriculum to first have the program book (Skillstreaming in Early Childhood: A Guide for Teaching Prosocial Skills) before attempting to utilize other Skillstreaming products.

From parents, to teachers to social workers and early childhood counselors, there is a growing need to support healthy social-emotional learning in today’s young children. These skills have been found to be critical for success in school, as well as in adulthood. Research shows that early intervention is essential.

For a wide range of early childhood learning programs and settings, Skillstreaming is a trusted and proven learning asset. Skillstreaming in Early Childhood Lesson Plans and Activities helps your pre-school or kindergarten program create a safe, productive learning experience while preventing school and behavioral failure and while also laying the foundation for education and life success.

The scope of the Skillstreaming program was initially used as a strategy to remediate behavioral skill deficits in select groups of children. It is especially effective when combined with the daily behavioral practice of Lesson Plans and Activities. With its practical and practice-based approach, the Skillstreaming program’s popularity has broadened. It has now become a widely accepted social-emotional strategy applied in preschools, daycare settings, public schools, and beyond.

Shown below is episode two of Prosocially Yours, a podcast produced by Research Press. In this episode, host Elizabeth Hess interviews educator and author, Dr. Ellen McGinnis, about the widely acclaimed Skillstreaming program.

Using the Forms CD
Areas of Special Concern
Thinking Aloud
Use of Children’s Literature
Skill Reinforcement
Generalization and Maintenance
Variety of Situations (Situation Cards)
Ongoing Assessment
Skillstreaming Portfolios
Picture Journal Pages
Lesson Plan Format
Skill Overview
Skill Steps
Refining Skill Use
Schoolwide Application
School-Home Communication
Related Resources
Skill Sequences
Using Skillstreaming
Skillstreaming Program Text
Skill Posters
Skill Cards
Group I: Beginning Socialization
1. Listening
2. Using Nice Talk
3. Using Brave Talk
4. Saying Thank You
5. Rewarding Yourself
6. Asking for Help
7. Asking a Favor
8. Ignoring
Group II: School-Related Skills
9. Asking a Question
10. Following Directions
11. Trying When It’s Hard
12. Interrupting
Group III: Friendship-Making Skills
13. Greeting Others
14. Reading Others
15. Joining In
16. Waiting Your Turn
17. Sharing
18. Offering Help
19. Asking Someone to Play
20. Playing a Game
Group IV: Dealing with Feelings
21. Knowing Your Feelings
22. Feeling Left Out
23. Asking to Talk
24. Dealing with Fear
25. Deciding How Someone Feels
26. Showing Affection
Group V: Alternatives to Aggression
27. Dealing with Teasing
28. Dealing with Feeling Mad
29. Deciding If It’s Fair
30. Solving a Problem
31. Accepting Consequences
Group VI: Dealing with Stress
32. Relaxing
33. Dealing with Mistakes
34. Being Honest
35. Knowing When to Tell
36. Dealing with Losing
37. Wanting to Be First
38. Saying No
39. Accepting No
40. Deciding What to Do
Appendix A— Summary of Skillstreaming Teaching Procedures
Bibliography of Children’s Literature
About the Authors

Reproducible forms and handouts for this title are available on our downloads page.

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