It is common for pre-kindergartners to argue and not get along, which is why they need to start learning the skill of conflict resolution. What better way to learn this than through an engaging and exciting story featuring their beloved characters, Droid, Dude, and Mama Amore?
In "Getting Along Great," the students review the positive actions of love and caring, respect, and cooperation among others. They learn that these positive actions are exactly what they need to resolve conflicts with their friends and others.
The story follows Droid and Dude as they argue over who should drive the spaceship. Mama Amore gets tired of hearing the boys argue, so she reminds them that they have the most important tool to resolve this conflict. It is the positive action of treating others the way they want to be treated! With Mama Amore’s help, the boys finally agree, and they learn how to get along great! This story is made more engaging with the "Droid," “Dude,” and “Mama Amore” visual aids.
"Equipping pre-kindergartners with conflict resolution skills can help them create a nurturing and positive learning environment for themselves, leading to higher attendance rates, academic success, and better relationships."
After the story, there is an insightful discussion about the SEL skill of resolving conflicts. The teacher explains the concepts and further elaborates the importance of conflict resolution. The teacher then encourages the students to participate by asking them how they can relate to the lesson through their experiences.
Then, the students learn different strategies they can use to develop their conflict resolution skills. The teacher displays the "Sadie the Stoplight" poster and teaches the students how they can use Sadie’s secret in resolving fights and arguments. The “Code of Conduct” and the “Thoughts-Actions-Feelings” posters are also displayed. At the end of the lesson, the students understand that resolving conflicts in a positive action makes them feel good about themselves.
Conflict resolution is a social skill essential in relationships and environments where disagreements and differences are common, such as in schools. Equipping pre-kindergartners with conflict resolution skills can help them create a nurturing and positive learning environment for themselves, leading to higher attendance rates, academic success, and better relationships.
Teachers understand the value of an effective conflict resolution lesson for the benefit of their students and classrooms. With this lesson, Positive Action provides students with effective tools necessary to resolve conflicts in all areas of their lives before they escalate into more serious issues.