What Success and Happiness Mean for the Self: Pre-K SEL

Pre KindergartenLesson: 118

What Success and Happiness Mean for the Self: Early Childhood SEL

Finding happiness and success in life is something that one strives for, as it brings satisfaction, meaning, and motivation. But what does it really take to achieve these elusive states? It all begins with a clear understanding of what these concepts truly mean.

In this lesson, happiness and success are defined as feeling good about oneself by engaging in positive actions and fostering positive relationships with others. To concretize this definition, pre-kindergartners watch a puppet play featuring Squeak and Mimi. The two hedgehogs talk about the things that make them happy, setting relatable examples of what that can look like for pre-kindergartners.

"In this lesson, happiness and success are defined as feeling good about oneself by engaging in positive actions and fostering positive relationships with others."

To reinforce the lesson discussed in the play, a class activity follows that lets the students recite what makes them happy.

Afterward, the students hear about their beloved characters, Emily and Luis, in another story of "The Secret of Secret Street." Here, Emily and Luis are with their friend, Cecelia, and they share with her the special secret that they and Sadie the Stoplight have uncovered in the previous lessons. The “Emily” and “Luis” visual aids are posted for better immersion.

To end the lesson, the class listens to the Positive Action song, "Go Ahead, Make a Choice" music. It is a great way to help pre-kindergartners to retain the lesson concepts in their memories.

Happiness and success are powerful feelings that have a significant impact on life. They are closely associated with resilience, an invaluable life skill that helps one move forward in the face of challenges. Finally, they are great motivators in pushing one to work hard and achieve one’s goals.

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