This SEL lesson is about the gift of ‘thoughts!’ Pre-kindergartners learn about ‘thoughts’ in Unit 1 as part of the Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle. In this lesson, the students learn that it is a gift and it is something they can manage. Guess who is here to guide the pre-kindergartners to manage their thoughts. It’s Sadie the Stoplight!
"Thoughts are powerful and can be persuasive. When positive thoughts take over, days can be conquered with ease and hope."
In Unit 1, the students learn that before any actions are taken, they need to think of thoughts first. So, to manage themselves, they need to manage their thoughts first before taking any action. The students learn from this lesson that having positive thoughts is the first step to self-management. But how are they going to think of positive thoughts? The colorful "Sadie the Stoplight" poster helps them by reminding them of and applying the secret from Secret Street on how to do positive actions.
The teacher passes the Manager’s Cap around to allow the students to share the positive thoughts that they are having. The students say that their positive thoughts make them feel good about themselves. The teacher affixes the "Thoughts" sticker to the Manager’s Cap to show that the students are learning to manage their thoughts.
Thoughts are powerful and can be persuasive. When positive thoughts take over, days can be conquered with ease and hope. On the other hand, negative thoughts lead to discouragement, demotivation, and unproductivity.
Pre-kindergartners don't have to lose a day, an opportunity, or their hope to negative thoughts. By teaching this lesson, pre-kindergartners can become equipped with the essential skill of thought management that can help them thrive in school, life, and the future.