Every action counts, big or small. Simple actions every day add up to become habits, and ultimately, commitments. With every choice one makes, one takes responsibility for the outcome. This is a crucial lesson that pre-kindergartners need to learn as early as possible, and it starts with understanding the concept of actions.
As an introduction, the beloved hedgehog puppets, Squeak and Mimi, open this lesson by doing some actions.
After the puppet play, the class engages in an interactive class discussion, where the students define what an action is. The students then participate in an experiential activity where they identify and practice some actions.
"With every choice one makes, one takes responsibility for the outcome. This is a crucial lesson that pre-kindergartners need to learn as early as possible, and it starts with understanding the concept of actions."
The goal of this lesson is to instill in the young students’ minds the role that actions play in shaping their thoughts and feelings about themselves.
Their friend, Bright Sider, teaches them how to do positive actions so they can think and feel positively. To do this, the teacher shows the positive side of the "Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle" poster.
Their oh-so-grumpy friend, Grumpy Grouch, on the other hand, warns them to avoid doing negative actions to prevent thinking and feeling negatively. The negative side of the poster is displayed for this.
The "Thoughts-Actions-Feelings" music is played to assist with and reinforce the lesson concepts. To demonstrate how positive actions can lead to positive thoughts and positive feelings, the teacher reads the ICU messages from the ICU box.
The students' actions toward themselves and others are physical manifestations of their thoughts and feelings. Understanding the Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle can help pre-kindergartners be more mindful of their choices.