Teach Responsibility to Pre-K Students: SEL Stories and Activities

Pre KindergartenLesson: 506

Teach Responsibility to Pre-K Students: SEL Stories and Activities

An interesting puppet show opens this lesson where a puppet named Mimi, is asking her puppet friend, Squeak, not to juggle the ice cream dishes. But, because ice cream makes Squeak happy, he juggles anyway. Oh no! Squeak drops all of the dishes. He blames Mimi for distracting him, until he feels bad. In the end, Squeak learns the social-emotional positive action of accepting responsibility.

"Pre-kindergartners learn that accepting responsibility for their mistakes is accepting their truth. When they are being truthful to themselves, they feel good about themselves."

This puppet play, featuring the beloved hedgehogs, teaches the students the art of accepting responsibility as a form of self-honesty. This is further discussed with the "Sing Your Truth" poster, and its “Don’t Blame Others” picture. The play, poster, and class discussion address the topics of why blaming others is a negative behavior and how taking responsibility is an act of self-honesty.

Pre-kindergartners learn that accepting responsibility for their mistakes is accepting their truth. When they are being truthful to themselves, they feel good about themselves. To test their understanding, they participate in a mental exercise which helps them practice accepting responsibility. The lesson is capped off with the new clap that helps them remember the concept of self-honesty.

Pre-kindergartners are set up for success in the future when they learn to take responsibility for their actions and behavior. Being responsible instead of blaming others allows them to learn from their mistakes, develop problem-solving skills, make wiser decisions, and form trustworthy relationships.

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