How to Turn Problems Into Opportunities: Teach SEL to Pre-K

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How to Turn Problems Into Opportunities: Teach SEL to Pre-K

Squeak, the hedgehog puppet, starts this lesson off with a head-scratching problem—he can’t go anywhere because he can’t tie his shoes! Before he goes into full-blown panic, his puppet friend, Mimi, tells him that he can learn to tie his shoes. By realizing this, Squeak’s problem instantly becomes an opportunity to learn!

The goal of the puppet play is to provide students with an example of how they can turn their problems into opportunities. Showing how it manifests in relatable situations allows them to better grasp and implement this positive action in their lives. As supplementary material, the "Improving Myself" poster, which shows the “Turn Problems Into Opportunities” picture, is displayed and then discussed.

"Pre-kindergartners need to learn how to spot opportunities when faced with challenges. This important skill enables them to approach problems with a positive attitude and encourages critical and creative thinking."

During the discussion, the class defines what a problem is, what is meant by opportunity, and how they can make the most out of their problems. To exercise their understanding, the teacher encourages the students to provide examples of turning problems into opportunities. The lesson concludes with the completion of the Positive Behavior Chart.

Pre-kindergartners need to learn how to spot opportunities when faced with challenges. This important skill enables them to approach problems with a positive attitude and encourages critical and creative thinking.

As young children, pre-kindergartners are bound to make mistakes and encounter problems and challenges along the way. But instead of seeing these as roadblocks, they can learn to view them as chances for growth and improvement. By teaching this lesson, schools can help young learners achieve social-emotional development and better themselves in all areas of their lives.

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