Now back in the classroom after eight years out of it, I have been busy learning about what is new since I left. I spent the first weekend in May attending at NAEYC convention in Bend, Oregon and received a kick-start on teaching tools and ideas.
Tucker the Turtle is a big deal right now, teaching children how to stop before reacting by taking three deep breaths, going into their shell, and thinking of options other than lashing out at their friends. Once thinking of another option, the kids learn to ask themselves, "Is it kind? Is it safe? How will it make other people feel?"
I went online to find out more, made myself a notebook by printing off what I found. I also went to the local toy store and bought some turtles, and then assembled a basket that is all ready to use during circle time.
These guys are adorable, and are easy to find right now. I named the big one Tucker, the little one Teri and the one in his shell Timmy. You can also find a turtle hand-puppet to use instead, as the woman in the video below did.
Here is one example of a lesson plan that you can use if you want to:
|Source: University of Wisconsin, 4K Leaps|
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