An interactive puppet play opens this lesson, featuring Squeak and Mimi, the hedgehogs. In the play, they are having a big problem with their shared possession—their ball! They both want to play with it at the same time, but they don’t want to share. Is that how to take care of their possessions? No, it’s not. It could be damaged. The students know this too!
In this lesson, pre-kindergartners learn that shared possessions are things they share with others. It’s important that they take care of these the way that they would take care of their own things. It’s a positive action so others can use it too.
"Taking care of shared possessions is an essential social skill that promotes respect, responsibility, and accountability."
To reinforce this, this lesson initiates an evidence-based social skills game that allows students to practice taking care of their shared possessions in school. This activity lets the students share and manage the things in their care, according to the specific needs of their possessions.
Following the activity, Manager Slanager comes to the class through a visual aid to help the students understand that sharing possessions is a positive action. One way to share is to take proper care of the shared object, so others can use it and enjoy it too!
The kids realize that sharing makes them feel good about themselves. After the fun discussion with Manager Slanager, they participate in more mental exercises.
The lesson ends with the "I Can Manage Me" cheer and the Positive Action song, “Managing Me.”
Taking care of shared possessions is an essential social skill that promotes respect, responsibility, and accountability. Through activities and discussions, pre-kindergartners learn to appreciate and value their belongings while sharing them with others. This positive behavior creates a healthy and harmonious environment that benefits everyone.