We were given a series of lessons and asked to teach at least one of them. I thought about this a lot because bully is such a politically charged word and I really don't think that a 5 year old can be a "bully". Now don't get me wrong....a five year old can be naughty, they can be mean. A five year old can hurt someone, and make someone sad. They are impulsive and lash out when they don't get what they want. But they can be taught.
Kinder Kids often don't have the words they need to express themselves, so my lessons focused on using our words, stepping outside ourselves to be kind to others.
The first day we talked about why we like to come to school. What is it about our classroom that makes you happy (several students told me they like coming to school because they can read my books...warmed my heart). I then introduced the word welcoming and we talked about how to make others feel welcome (happy) in our classroom. We made a circle map showing all the ways we could think of to be welcoming.
You put your sad face in,
You put your sad face out,
You put your sad face in
And you shake it all about
You let your feelings show
And you turn yourself around,
That's what it's all about.
When we had practiced all kinds of feelings I asked my students to pick one. They were to think of what made them feel that way and what they looked like. I then asked them to draw themselves. Under their picture I had them simply write; I am ______.
|The pages are placed so that when you make the book You are ____. is on the left side of the book and I can _____. is on the right side.|
My goal is to help them find the words to describe how they are feeling, and to express those feeling by standing up for themselves. Maybe they will help others with hurt feelings, stop others from those actions that a bully might take, and lastly stop themselves from doing any of those mean bullying things. We are working hard on our little books. You can grab one here.