BY Lise Willcox and Nadia Gillis
Goals, objectives, and activities
The Preschool Social Learning Curriculum teaches students social language skills through stories and play. Young children learn best through play, and this program combines a proven, research-based social learning framework to teach students self-regulation, listening, cooperation, collaborative play, perspective taking, and group learning skills through play, stories, and music. The program uses storybooks that outline the adventures of four likable characters to introduce and learn about complex social concepts in a language they can understand. The children engage in child-friendly situations to learn lessons including: Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings, The Group Plan, Thinking with Your Eyes, Body in the Group, Whole Body Listening, Expected and Unexpected, Smart Guess, Flexible vs. Stuck Thinking, Size of the Problem, and Sharing an Imagination. Each lesson addresses a variety of different learning styles and needs with story books and a themed song.
How will the project be evaluated (e.g. how will you gauge its success)
The project will be evaluated based on goals and objectives used in the students’ individual education plans, using anecdotal records, and observation. Teachers will observe and collect data on the interactions of all children in the classroom. Students will demonstrate increased self-regulation, communication, and social interaction skills in all aspects of their preschool day, including: large group work, small group settings, playground interactions, as well as in their home life.
Benefit to the students and the school
Using the Social Thinking Curriculum in the Integrated Preschool classrooms will enhance the students’ self-regulation, social awareness, and cooperative play. This will benefit students throughout their lifetimes in so many ways. They will learn to engage in a lesson with a group, learn to listen with their whole body, regulate themselves, work cooperatively with others, learn the difference between expected and unexpected behaviors, and learn how to take the perspective of others. These skills will prepare them for kindergarten and for years to come in their education because they will be ready to learn and interact successfully in a classroom.
Budget (Please detail how funding will be used. Itemize as appropriate.)
Social Thinking, Think Social Publishing Inc./www.socialthinking.com
We are requesting $497.50 to purchase 5 sets of the Social Thinking Preschool Curriculum. Each of the 5 Integrated Preschool Classrooms will each receive: The Incredible Flexible You Curriculum.
Quantity 5/Curriculum Package + Music CD Cost per unit/$99.50 Total/$497.50
Timeline of Project (when will you do the project, if applicable.)
Each of the 10 new social thinking lesson and skills will be introduced each month. The students will listen to a story and the music for each lesson; and complete fun, play-based activities accompanying each lesson 2-3 times per week. The classroom staff and students will learn and utilize the shared social thinking language on a daily basis to enhance the students’ self-regulation, communication, and social skills. The materials from this grant will be used throughout the school year, and for years to come to enhance children’s social and emotional intelligence in their preschool education.