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Sharing the Blue Crayon: How to Integrate Social, Emotional, and Literacy Learning

Sharing the Blue Crayon: How to Integrate Social, Emotional, and Literacy Learning

by Mary Anne Buckley
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Social and emotional learning is at the heart of good teaching, but as standards and testing requirements consume classroom time and divert teachers’ focus, these critical skills often get sidelined. In Sharing the Blue Crayon, Mary Anne Buckley shows teachers how to incorporate social and emotional learning into a busy day and then extend these skills to literacy lessons for young children. Through simple activities such as read-alouds, sing-alongs, murals, and performances, students learn how to get along in a group, empathize with others, develop self-control, and give and receive feedback, all while becoming confident readers and writers.
As Buckley shares, “Every day we ask young children to respectfully converse, question, debate, and collaborate about literature, science, math problems, history, and more. That’s sophisticated stuff and requires sophisticated skills. Social and emotional skills are essential to helping children communicate their knowledge and articulate their questions. We must teach students how to build respectful, caring classroom communities, where students are supported and fully engaged in the learning and everyone can reach their potential.”
In this fresh and original book, Buckley captures the humor, wonder, honesty, and worries of our youngest learners and helps teachers understand how to harness their creativity and guide their conversations toward richer expressions of knowledge. Teachers of special populations will especially appreciate Buckley’s successful strategies for reaching English language learners and children from high-poverty homes who may not have strong foundations for academic discourse.
As Buckley reminds us, “By understanding one another—orally and socially at first, then using those community-building exchanges to strengthen the skills of reading and writing—we experience the authentic pride and sweet joys of learning, understanding, and connecting to one another.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625310118
Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date: 02/16/2015
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 457,131
Product dimensions: 9.00(w) x 7.30(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Mary Anne Buckley has over 25 years of experience in early childhood education. She is also the youngest of six siblings from a loving and goofy family. “We shared intellectual, creative, and social highs and lows around the dining room table every night. It was the first Friendship Workshop.”

Mary Anne attended Vermont College to learn how to write children's books. "I love the power picture books have to explore, illuminate, and strengthen our connection to each other.  I soon realized how much I wanted to be a direct partner with children as they discovered the joys of learning.”  She went on to combine her education with her personal meditation practice to help children become more aware: aware of reading strategies, aware of math solutions, aware of the world around them and within them. "We all have an inner voice telling us a story of how our life is going. Becoming aware of that voice, and discerning when it helps us and when it limits us, is vital to social, emotional, and academic success."

Mary Anne lives in the Finger Lakes region of New York and teaches kindergartners and first-graders in her multi-age classroom.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Language of Learning 5

Chapter 2 Teaching Students Self-Regulation Skills 11

Chapter 3 The Friendship Workshop Format 19

Chapter 4 Extending Friendship Workshop to Literacy Lessons 35

Chapter 5 Getting Along: Being Part of a Group 47

Chapter 6 Empathy 57

Chapter 7 Kindness 73

Chapter 8 Peacefulness 89

Chapter 9 Responsibility 111

Chapter 10 Self-Control 127

Chapter 11 Perseverance 147

Chapter 12 Giving and Getting Feedback 163

Chapter 13 Transformation 175

References 181

Index 189

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