Social Skills for Home

Many of us are experiencing some major changes to our daily lives with the current events and we wanted to try to help as much as we can by providing resources and tools you can use for activities at home.

We will be adding new activities each weekday, which are based on our social skill story books. We hope that our characters like Noodle, RJ, Blake, Hunter, and more will help make this learn-at-home time a little more fun!

Many of our characters struggle with time management, sharingprioritizing tasks, getting along with siblings, and staying on task, and you may be seeing some of these same behaviors in your children now as you develop your daily routines. Here are some great book suggestions to help develop these skills in your children. 

Take care of yourselves and each other!

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The PROcrastinator by Julia Cook

 

The PROcrastinator

Noodle struggles with prioritizing his time and choosing need-to-do's before want-to-do's. He has SO MANY fun things he wants to do and things like feeding the cat and doing his poetry assignment can wait until later. Fortunately Noodle's mom helps him learn how to balance doing what needs to be done while still finding time for fun.

 

I Want to Be the Only Dog

Kirby, Angus, and Toby would like to be the only dog in the family, have all the attention, and not have to share their toys or be bossed around by a stronger dog. Children in grades K through 6 will learn about conflict resolution, empathy, fairness, and problem-solving skills in addition to understanding that "fair doesn't ever mean equal." Kids can easily connect to the three dogs and learn to become more tolerant of and patient with their own siblings. 

I'll Never Get All That Done by Bryan Smith  

I'll NEVER Get All of That Done! A Story about Planning and Prioritizing

Blake's to-do list is just too long. How can his parents and teachers expect him to do his homework, clean his room, and bake cookies for the baseball bake sale? Don't they know he has something urgent to do now - like play video games?!

Blake's mom teaches him to follow the 3 Ps - prioritizing, planning, and posting a reminder of what needs to be done so he can get control of his to-do list. 

 

Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to SHARE!

RJ’s having another bad day. His teacher wants him to work with bossy Bernice, messy Frankie, and Norma (who just sits and picks her nose) on a report about Egyptian mummies. After a frustrating school day with his “team,” RJ goes home to find only one cookie left in the jar - and his mom makes him share it with his sister! With the help of his coach, RJ learns that working as a team and sharing are skills needed not just on the soccer field, but in school and at home too!

Spacing Out by Stephie McCumbee  

Spacing Out! Discovering the Importance of Completing Tasks

Hunter Lane loves to read about space, draw pictures about space, and imagines himself soaring through the atmosphere as an astronaut some day! But unfortunately, Hunter's day dreams are interfering with his ability to get things done. 

Find out how Hunter learns to use a checklist of steps for the social skill "Completing a Task" and discovers that focusing and following along helps him accomplish more in school and provides good practice for becoming an astronaut.

  It's My Way or the Highway

Cora June is B-O-S-S-Y!

She points out her teacher’s boring assignments. She dictates the games people play at recess. She even objects to family dinners. If Cora June doesn’t get her way in the classroom, on the playground, or at home, she can make life miserable for those around her. Will anyone put the brakes on her outlandish demands? And will Cora June ever realize that she can be a leader, but still be flexible? Or that there’s a difference between being assertive and being bossy?

I Want to do it My Way by Julia Cook   Time To Get Started by Bryan Smith

I Just Want to Do It MY WAY! My Story about staying on task and asking for help!

RJ has difficulty staying focused long enough to complete tasks. He also know his way of doing things is the best way. Find out how RJ goes from struggling to complete assignments and being easily distracted by Norma "the booger picker" and Rodney "the alphabet burper" to doing things the right way the first time.

RJ also learns the important skill of asking for help when he needs it!

 

Time to Get Started: A Story about Learning to Take Initiative

Blake will get to it eventually! Why does it matter if he cleans his room now or in a few hours? He will do it at some point. Most children (and adults) experience bouts of procrastination or avoidance behavior. But when those behaviors develop into a pattern that has a negative impact on that person or those in his or her life, it's time to work on developing the ability to take initiative.

Find out how Blake's mom helps him work on the important skill of taking initiative how to use a few simple steps to get things done.