Using children’s literature as a social emotional learning example is a great way to build social, emotional, and literacy skills. I love when I can use one book for so many engaging lessons and build my classroom community. Whether you have a classroom of 25 students or a family of a few kiddos, this book (and others at the end of this post) are wonderful learning opportunities and seeds to further discussion with your learners.
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Social Emotional Learning Example
I’m loving this book, Have You Filled A Bucket Today?, by Carol McCloud.
This is a great book for parents and teachers looking to provide examples and ideas for children: treating others with kindness, showing appreciation, and being respectful. Although the book focuses on providing positive examples, there are also examples of what happens when a person is not being nice to a friend or family member. The conversations generated by reading this book provides opportunities for comparing and contrasting how our actions impact others.
Social Emotional Learning: Character Traits
This book can also be a spring board to discuss the term “character traits” during a literacy lesson. There are a variety of character traits such as giving, kindness, helping others, and feeling good about doing good for others are a few. Besides a literacy, social, and emotional lesson focus, you could easily use this to build community within a classroom or family setting. This book is great to establish the “character traits” of classroom family members or even family members. Whether this book is used in a large classroom or the smaller family unit, great conversations will certainly unfold.
Social Emotional Learning: Picture Books
Teaching students social emotional skills can be challenging. There are many perspectives and experiences outside of the classroom that impact topical discussion.
However, over the years, I have found common ground to teach using children’s literature. These books build social, emotional, and literacy skills simultaneously.
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Here are additional books to use for your classroom and family to teach social emotional development strategies! I’ve used each of these books for a variety of lessons; however, my main focus was building classroom community first. Throughout the year, I can read these books again with a literacy lesson focus. My students love listening to these books! Each time we read the book was with a different focus lens. Therefore, my students had a better understanding of social emotional development importance.
Social Emotional Learning: Spreading Kindness
Another springboard is to engage children in an art lesson. Making a bucket for oneself and/or others and look for positives to fill up others’ buckets. The children can easily relate to and feel happy about bringing others happiness. Notes can be written or pictures drawn (littles) on small pieces of paper and deposited into the buckets. At the end of the day, the notes can be shared with the class or family to celebrate each other.
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Social Emotional Learning: Final Thoughts
Whether you are building classroom community, family dynamics, or teaching literacy, this is a great book to discuss a social emotional learning example. This is a great book that children of all ages will enjoy.
Alright my friends, I’ve shared a variety of opportunities to use this book in the classroom and at home. Do you see why I’m loving this book!!! I hope you are able to walk away with some social emotional development strategies. Use the picture books to teach social emotional and literacy skills. Using children’s literature as a social emotional learning example is a perfect way to engage all learners.