Coloring books for this program are now available as a free download!
An innovative, evidence-based program that has proven effective in helping young children learn the social and emotional skills necessary for school readiness and success. The teaching approach combines a number of sensory modalities, using stories, mnemonics, coloring books, songs, role-playing, and visual aids.
The curriculum is built around four original stories and songs – featuring delightful animal characters:
- Rosie the Roadrunner learns to follow directions
- Prairie Dog Pete learns to share
- Roscoe the Raccoon learns to manage his behavior
- Prickles the Porcupine learns to solve problems
The program has been thoroughly field-tested in clinical trials and in Head Start preschool settings. It is also appropriate for young children in child care situations and for school-age children in early elementary grades.
The complete program includes a storybook, a music CD, a teacher’s guide, and 10 coloring books for each story (40 coloring books in all). The coloring books are available as a free download.
The spiralbound storybook allows the teacher to read from one side, while displaying the colorful illustrations on other side to the class. Older students can read aloud, and younger students and nonreaders can listen to the teacher read the stories as they look at the illustrations.
Children will enjoy singing along or listening to the music CD featuring songs sung by a lively group of youngsters accompanied by various musical instruments.
Students will also have fun coloring in their coloring books. Each of the four stories has a separate coloring book produced in quantities of 10 (40 coloring books in all—enough for 10 students).
The teacher’s guide provides step-by-step instructions for using the program. Appendices offer skill definitions, skill steps, and patterns for making felt-board and puppet cutouts of the animal characters.
“This is a great bargain for ready-made program for social skills development in grades Pre-K-2. The program incorporates role playing, visual aids, songs, coloring, stories, and mnemonics to teach children the skills they need to be successful, responsible citizens. . . The multi-sensory approach to teaching the social skills is an excellent, proven method to teach new skills to this age group.”
—Linda Kopec, North Carolina School Counselor Association News
“The program provides instructions for a total of 22 lessons. The lessons are well written and should be easily implemented . . . The supportive materials (coloring books, felt board patterns, and music CD) are attractive and should be of interest to young children . . . the program would be of significant value in primary prevention programs.”
—William Allen, Communiqué,
National Association of School Psychologists