Cultivation of positive behavior starts with self-awareness! Self-awareness begins by understanding one’s self-concept, which is the way one thinks and feels about oneself.
In this SEL lesson, pre-kindergartners explore their self-concepts by discovering the way they feel about themselves in their hearts.
To begin, the beloved hedgehog puppets, Squeak and Mimi, review what the class understands about the "self." Then, they introduce a lovely new friend to the class! Her name is Emily, a recurring amiable character that comes to life as a visual aid.
"Self-concept is the idea that one holds about oneself. It is not innate; it can be shaped by feedback received from others, commonly parents, peers, teachers, and community members."
In the visual aid, Emily shows the students that she has feelings about herself in her heart. She teaches the students that their feelings for themselves in their hearts is called "self-concept."
In an engaging class discussion that follows, the pre-kindergarten class learns what self-concept means and how to keep it positive with positive actions.
Together, they recite the "Self-Concept" cheer and play the “Self-Concept Song.”
This Positive Action lesson is designed to guide the students in understanding their self-concepts.
Self-concept is the idea that one holds about oneself. It is not innate; it can be shaped by feedback received from others, commonly parents, peers, teachers, and community members.
The concept of self plays a pivotal role in Social and Emotional Learning (SEL), as students' perception and understanding of themselves profoundly influence their progress in acquiring vital SEL skills like social awareness and responsible decision-making. With this effective lesson, schools can empower students in their journey to personal development.