When our Kindergarten program shifted to
Our Kindergarten team presented at the Illinois ASCD Kindergarten Conference two years ago. It was a fantastic experience. Willowbrook staff are back at the conference this week to present on our implementation of a social thinking curriculum.
We have borrowed from the work of early childhood expert, Michelle Garcia Winner, and her study of Shared, Collaborative, Imaginative Play (SCIP). Kindergarten age children are entering into complex play that requires negotiation skills, communication, understanding shared goals, reading the intentions of others, etc. As you can imagine, these skills form the foundation for social learning and success in school.
Social thinking lessons are introduced via our daily specials block (P.E., music, art, library) and practiced within the classroom. All teachers and instructional assistants share a common language with the students. It begins with teaching the students that other people have thoughts and feelings. When people have different feelings than us, it is because they are
Winner, M., Tarshis, N., Palmer, K., & Hendrix, R. (2016). We Thinkers! GPS. Santa Clara, CA: Think Social Publishing, Inc.