Get ready to join the lovable hedgehog puppets, Squeak and Mimi, in an exciting puppet play that opens up a whole new world of positivity and happiness! In this engaging play, the hedgehog puppets are thinking of doing something they think they can do! The students learn that these are ‘thoughts’ and thoughts can be either positive or negative.
This lesson teaches pre-kindergartners that if they want to be in the Happy Circle and be as sunny as their always-happy friend, Bright Sider, they need to keep thinking positive thoughts. In that, positive thoughts can lead to positive actions.
"This lesson teaches pre-kindergartners that if they want to be in the Happy Circle and be as sunny as their always-happy friend, Bright Sider, they need to keep thinking positive thoughts."
Negative thoughts, on the other hand, can lead to negative actions that they don’t want. Negative thoughts and negative actions make them feel bad and grumpy, like their friend, Grumpy Grouch. To avoid this, the pre-kindergartners learn that they need to change their negative thoughts into positive ones.
Afterward, the students meet Emily and Luis, who come in as visual aids. Emily and Luis are two recurring characters in the Pre-Kindergarten curriculum. They also meet another recurring character named Sadie the Stoplight, who comes to life in a poster. Together, the class and their friends listen to the story of "The Secret of Secret Street," where Emily and Luis meet Sadie the Stoplight! Sadie shares with them the important secret of the Secret Street—the secret of doing positive actions!
To end the lesson, the "Grumpy Grouch/Bright Sider" music is played at least twice while the whole class sings and dances. They are reminded that positive thoughts lead to positive actions and positive feelings about themselves.
Complete with helpful materials, this lesson effectively teaches pre-kindergartners how thoughts affect their actions and shape their self-concept. Thoughts are important in the process of building a positive feeling for themselves. It is part of the Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle which is a useful tool for understanding how thoughts are interconnected with actions and emotions.