Enter to Win I Can Learn Social Skills!

nter to Win I Can Learn Social Skills!This month, five lucky readers will win I Can Learn Social Skills! Poems About Getting Along, Being a Good Friend, and Growing Up. This colorful collection of playful poetry teaches basic social skills in a lighthearted way.

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102 Responses to Enter to Win I Can Learn Social Skills!

  1. Mary D-Lee says:

    Be an includer!

  2. hopscotchmom says:

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  5. hopscotchmom says:

    My favorite way to teach social skills is to share with children that “Everyone is different.” With that foundation, I lead the class (or at home with my daughters)and share about the diverse world we live in. I instill in them a mindset of having respect for all. I explain and role model that foundation by how I interact with others (children, adults and through everyone I encounter). I teach them about what a gift it is to be different, that it’s okay to be different and to be proud of who they are. I model through all that I do how even though people may have different opinions and ideas and beliefs, how everyone should still be treated with respect, empathy and understanding.

  6. My favorite strategy for teaching social skills to kids is to read a book that showcases the skill. I prefer it when the protagonist is a make-pretend character. Then I encourage students to discuss the skill and how they would handle the situation.

  7. Alise Damschroder says:

    I have several strategies I like to use: First-Then statements and using books to talk about issues we see in the classroom.

  8. Alise Damschroder says:

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  10. Tara Fisher Boersma says:

    I like the utilize the Collaborative Problem Solving Strategy by Dr. Ross Greene. Works for all ages and can be used to teach nearly any skill!

  11. Olivia Pelayo says:

    I try to practice this every day with my own 3 and 5 year olds by talking, modeling and practicing. I am a Mental Health Clinician and this is a big part of my work with little ones as we learn how to read facial expressions and social cues to determine how one’s actions affect others’ feelings. I use a lot of books, figurines and play to demonstrate appropriate responses.

  12. Melissa Derby says:

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    Followed on pinterest

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    Followed on twitter

  15. Melissa Derby says:

    My favorite strategy to teach social skills to kids is to use social stories in small groups, and to have students use role plays to practice new skills.

  16. Susan Meier says:

    When possible, I have other students model the best ways to behave and
    The inappropriate behaviors. The children enjoy seeing their classmates act.
    I also use videos. Each class in our school makes one on a theme like respect and
    Responsibility. To reinforce the desired behaviors, I give the students dittos to draw
    or match the pictures, i.e. 1st and 2nd grade.

  17. Dena Zoske says:

    Pinterest Follower

  18. Dena Zoske says:

    Children’s Literature

  19. Dena Zoske says:

    “Liked” Facebook

  20. Followed on pinteresr

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  23. I love the conflict resolution method, stating the problem , listening to each sides view and then asking them to come up with the solution all scaffolded by the teacher. Also social stories for many things.

  24. Elizabeth Janvrin says:

    Using puppets that “need” help in solving a social problem

  25. Andrea says:

    Just followed on Twitter

  26. Andrea says:

    The power of puppets is always amazing. Having them get into sticky situations with the same materials the children use just makes the role play more personal and easy to connect with when problem solving and kind choices mirror real life.

  27. Paula Boucher says:

    Talking about emotions and modeling

  28. Sabra Johnson says:

    When I see a student make a social stumble, I quietly remind them of the proper way and why it is the appropriate way to act.

  29. Laura says:

    Discussing current issues in the classroom in general terms and using modeling and role play to practice with students for making better choices and reflecting on past choices

  30. Role playing and modeling

  31. I ask parents to provide me with weekly updates and situations their child struggled with in the past week. I then readdress the situation in session and role play with the child alternative possible solutions to managing the social interaction in a positive manner.

  32. Kari R. says:

    Books, personalized social stories, drawing/sketching situations; identifying specific lagging skills and explicitly teaching to that skill

  33. Gina Marie Ryder says:

    I like to teach the children I work with good old fashioned manners. Teaching them that a single hello to another child or Teacher in the hallways could make their whole day take a change for the better. Nothing like good old fashioned manners, holding a door open for someone is a big thing for me. The next generations needs to get back the manners that I had when I was a little girl. It starts with one one child, one change, and than it could be a chain reaction of good old fashion manners brought back to life.

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  35. Anne Hoffman says:

    I teach kids how to work in groups and with partners. I teach kids new words to use to communicate with peers more effectively. I role model and empower the kids to be problem solvers.

  36. Samantha Dean says:

    Games, role plays, and books!

  37. Anne Howard says:

    I read books such as Friendshapes and other books to start a discussion and activity to exercise and strengthen social skills.

  38. Ariella says:

    I like teaching social skills in small group activities in a fun and interesting way.

  39. Anne Eikenberg says:

    Like on Facebook.

  40. Anne Eikenberg says:

    Role playing, modeling, and books! Too hard to pick just one!

  41. My best of teaching social skills is modeling and noticing Verbally when kids are using social skills

  42. Adina says:

    I like to teach social skills during choice time

  43. Sara says:

    I always have an older child with a smaller child so they can teach them how to socialize

  44. Hanna Fradin says:

    Video modeling

  45. Hanna Fradin says:

    Role play

  46. Taylor says:

    I use role play as a way to teach social emotional skills to students. Why try out different responses to different scenarios to determine what would be the best course of action. Using authentic texts would be another great way to reinforce social emotional skills in my classroom!

  47. Lori Hoffman-Goldberg says:

    I have two favorite strategies for teaching social skills. They are: social stories and pivotal response teaching. When teaching children with autism these strategies are effective and the students can incorporate them in their learning.

  48. I work in a childcare center so we have a great deal of training in challenging behavior and social emotional skill development. What seems to work best is good modeling and guidance When children become upset. Get close to them and at their level, calmly ask about the problem, validate their feelings and talk about how the other person in the conflict is feeling to encourage empathy. Reflect on the problem and suggest different ways to solve the situation. Then, when you witness a child using a newly acquired skill, notice it and say, “good for you, you did it.” (Ex: “I see that you shared your blocks, that was a nice thing to do. What a good friend you are.”). With patience and consistency, this can help encourage better social interactions and a develop a sense of belonging to a classroom community… caring about the needs of others.

  49. Robbin Hair says:

    I have liked you on Facebook.

  50. Robbin Hair says:

    I love teaching social skills through books, because they are also learning reading skills at the same time.

  51. Michele Schwarz says:

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  52. Michele Schwarz says:

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  53. Michele Schwarz says:

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  54. Michele Schwarz says:

    I like to use technology and videos to teach social skills, along with role play.

  55. I use books a lot and love to hear the kids’ ideas. It’s a non-threatening way of talking about difficult topics. I might ask, “If you could be the hero in this story, how would you have handled the problem?”

  56. Elana Shinkle says:

    I like to role play social scenarios with students.

  57. My favorite way to teach social skills is by creating a parody. It seems like a song can get stuck in a kids head and it helps them remember. Also little finger rhymes.

  58. RJ Land says:

    Have the children brainstorm ways to deal with certain scenarios is a favorite, but going into to classroom to coach them through real world problems is probably the most effective (and often least appreciated).

  59. Jennifer Smith says:

    Creating videos in which the student teaches the skill they are working on.

  60. Audrey Case says:

    I love to have my student practice the particular skill and then present it as a skit to the class.

  61. Amy Shaw says:

    facebook and pintrest done

  62. Amy Shaw says:

    modeling, redo’s and talking it out in the moment

  63. Lisa M Detrych says:

    I like to practice role plays of each skill in small groups and read together in groups and discuss how we would take suggestions or examples to use with our friends in the classroom.

  64. Lauren Marren says:

    My favorite way of teaching social skills is by reading literature the students love. We have rich discussions, label emotions of the characters. act them out, draw pictures and reenact with props or puppets we make.

  65. Misty says:

    Peer Buddies help in all aspects of Social and Emotional skills.

  66. Brenda Pepke says:

    I love to do role playing with the younger students and ask teachers to provide “real” examples they are seeing with students. I also use the Social Thinking curriculum in classrooms and small groups. Our school also has a “word of the month” related to social skills such as; cooperation, respect, kindness. I provide teachers with activities related to the “word of the month” to reinforce in class.

  67. Robin Echenoz says:

    Once a week our Life Skills class comes to the Media Center for book exchange. I love seeing things through their eyes. Today I read while laying on my back looking at the clouds through the sky light. The students loved it.

  68. Jen B says:

    Role modeling

  69. Bradley Evans says:

    I follow you on twittwer

  70. Stephanie says:

    I love playing card games-there is taking turns, being patient, learning how to lose, learning how to win, and using appropriate comments.

  71. Bradley Evans says:

    I like you on Facebook

  72. Bradley Evans says:

    I like to have a special lunch for the kids who are having trouble with social skills and work with them interacting with one another and learning table manners at the same time

  73. melissa olearchick says:

    My favorite strategy for helping young children learn social skills is during counseling classroom lessons and small counseling groups; whereas the Kelso Choices program is implemented, Popcorn Park character education program is learned, and Auto-B-Good character education program sparks children’s awareness of social skills.

  74. Katie says:

    We work on using your whole body to “listen” (eyes looking, body facing speaker, hands/mouth quiet, etc.).

  75. Rena' Nord says:

    I take a sheet of red Bulletin Board paper and wrap it around each student (from under their arms to the bottom of their bottoms). This is our RED ZONE. No one (except the nurse) can touch your red zone at school. Of coarse, when I have to help students in the restroom – I teach it differently.

  76. DeAnna says:

    Social stories and modeling

  77. Jessi Peterson says:

    I love using picture books to talk about how the characters are feeling. How do we know? If this happens, will they still feel the same? How would you feel if _____happened to you?

  78. Danielle Indri says:

    My favorite strategy is to run Lunch Bunch groups where the kids can practice talking and playing with each other.

  79. Amy Pedersen says:

    I often “pretend” I am having a tough time (mad, sad, frustrated) and demonstrate ways to deal with it appropriately (deep breaths, apologizing, using sensory toys, etc.)

  80. Stephen Coutts says:

    I teach Mindful Attitudes and Mindful Actions to my students in my Learning Centre and then reinforce it on the playground and throughout the school environment. I also read social stories from the Learning to Get Along and Being the Best me series. Works great!

  81. Brooke Scherer says:

    I always get good vibes and responses from the “Pat on the Back” activity. Each kiddo has a piece of paper to write their name on top in large letters. Then they can tape their paper to their back and everyone walks around and writes nice things about each other on each others backs. At the end, everyone has a whole page full of compliments from their classmates, and I always see bright smiles on their faces!

  82. Amy Jordan says:

    Interactive modeling is a wonderful way for students to practice new social skills! It provides for guided practice with immediate feedback. We teach new academic skills this way….and it’s also very appropriate for social and behavior learning.

  83. Nyala Edwards says:

    I love to role play – I let them decide if it is a good behavior or a bad one and if it is bad, how could it be changed to a good one. Depending on the age, they take turns doing good or bad behavior that they have drawn out of a bowl.

  84. BSLP says:

    We work on joint attention and co-regulation to start with.

  85. dvandergaast says:

    We did away with timers for taking turns. Instead of saying “You have to share,” we say “You have to ask.” The child has the right to play uninterrupted. By empowering the child that has the toy and taking away the threat of losing the toy, the child often voluntarily shares and takes turnes rather than being forced.

  86. SC says:

    My co-teachers and I are always on the lookout for ‘teachable moments’ — when we see a scene that isn’t going well, we ‘re-enact’ it in an over the top manner to get the children’s attention. We play up that there is a problem and ask ‘what can we do to solve this?’ or ‘what should I/we do?’ The more over the top we are, the more the lessons seem to ‘stick’.

  87. I like to act out challenging social situations with puppets. The children respond well when the focus is on these fun characters.

  88. Kenna Glover says:

    I like to use Conscious Discipline to teach empathy and social skills.

  89. sandy shacklady-white says:

    I would use the book in my work providing training to teachers and administrators in various areas such as social/emotional/behavioral skill. Particpants in training always want to have practical information and excellent resoruces to use with their students! And expected social skills areso very needed in society !

  90. Julie Nye says:

    Students love to discuss and then act out social skills-both the expected and unexpected side of each skill. They REALLY love to act out the unexpected behaviors of each skill and are very adamant that students should not do it that way:)

  91. Michele Hanner says:

    I like reading social skill type books and having students act out appropriate ways to respond to conflict.

  92. Elizabeth Morse says:

    Modeling appropriate social interactions is a great strategy. Using books & stories and discussing the social interactions of the characters is another way to teach young children.

  93. Shannon leininger says:

    I love the Second Step Curriculum! Also, simply pointing out emotions and describing facial expressions has been very effective with my own children!

  94. Madison Sierer says:

    I run different groups on social skills for different ages. Some of the time, we play games and discuss taking turns, sharing, sportsmanship, etc. through those games.

  95. Maury Vazquez says:

    I love playing social skills games! Students get really into it by asking questions of each other and discussing real-life situations.

  96. Courtney S says:

    I would love this in social skills groups! One favorite strategy to teach social skills is sharing scenarios via role play for group members to problem solve together.

  97. Carrie Niehaus says:

    I like using games to help students learn to interact with each other!

  98. I would use the copy I won to read to parents in my parenting classes and purchase additional copies to give the parents in my classes to use with their children at home. it would be a great addition to the other books I give to improve their home library.

  99. Nini Engel says:

    I would use this for my counseling/social skills groups!

  100. Dora Wilcox says:

    I like to meet with children in a lunch group and use questioning techniques to get other students to share how they react in social situations. Then I share how I would react as part of the discussion.

  101. Tara Johnson says:

    Social Skills have always been the “backbone” of kindergarten readiness. Ichild can know all the letters of the alphabet and count to 64 standing one foot, but if he doesnt have social skills, he will not be able to funtion at his full potential. I love using the solution cards for social problem solving from TACSEI strategies.

  102. Tammy S Richard says:

    I love to have parents come to our play and learn socialization so they can start getting used to not only being around other children but to also play beside them.

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