How to Build a Positive Self-Concept With Positive Actions: Kindergarten SEL

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How to Build a Positive Self-Concept With Positive Actions: Kindergarten SEL

New friends join the kindergarten class to make the students’ social-emotional learning experience more fun and engaging!

They are Abbott Rabbit, Barney Bear, Cindy Squirrel, and Annie Owl from the forest. In the upcoming lessons, students also meet Leonard Lion, Jareef Giraffe, Miska Monkey, Chippy Cheetah, and Ellie Elephant from the jungle. They join the class throughout the curriculum, appearing as flannel board figures and story characters, to guide the students through their exciting adventures.

In this evidence-based SEL lesson, the forest friends take the students to the story "Abbott Learns a Lesson" to teach them that there is a relationship between self-concept and positive actions.

But first, an educational puppet play between Picks-It and Nix-It starts the lesson. In this play, the two puppet characters discuss how learning, growing, and improving help them feel good about themselves. Picks-It also introduces Nix-It to the animal friends that helped him in his social-emotional learning journey.

"There are many factors that contribute to one’s self-concept, including one’s thoughts and actions."

After successfully catching the students’ attention, the story time follows. It narrates how Abbott Rabbit learns to have a positive feeling about himself after doing a positive action for a lost baby robin. With Abbott as an example, the students understand that positive actions can cultivate a positive self-concept.

This Positive Action audio story effectively engages the students’ imaginations and understanding of the lesson concepts. It is followed by guide questions that facilitate an interactive discussion in class. The questions aim to assist the students with their grasp of the moral of the story and allow the teacher to explain how the lesson concepts connect with one another.

At the end of the lesson, kindergartners are encouraged to act positively by smiling at others, being friendly, or helping someone in need.

In the Kindergarten curriculum, [Positive Action](https://www.positiveaction.net/) defines self-concept as "the way you feel about yourself." There are many factors that contribute to one’s self-concept, including one’s thoughts and actions. Subsequent lessons further elaborate on the relationship between self-concept and positive actions using the Thoughts-Actions-Feelings about Self Circle. The Circle explains the process of how one’s thoughts and actions can lead to their feelings about themselves.

The goal of this lesson is to help kindergartners gain internal satisfaction by teaching them that the way they behave has an impact on how they view themselves. By engaging in this essential lesson, schools and educators can help develop positive behavior and self-awareness in their kindergarten students.

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