Why Self-Concept Matters: SEL Lesson for Pre-Kindergarten

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Why Self-Concept Matters: SEL Lesson for Pre-Kindergarten

At the pre-kindergarten level, it's essential to help children recognize their thoughts and feelings about themselves, which is known as self-concept. An understanding of self-concept leads to the development of self-awareness, an important social-emotional skill for young children.

In this lesson, the whole class learns more about their self-concepts. To keep the lesson engaging and immersive, a fun puppet play and an imaginative, colorful character visual aid are used.

The puppet play features the two beloved hedgehogs, Squeak and Mimi. They open the lesson with one of their fun and educational conversations about thoughts in their heads and feelings in their hearts.

"An understanding of self-concept leads to the development of self-awareness, an important social-emotional skill for young children."

To help the students remember, the puppets act out hand movements that point to their heads and hearts. Pre-kindergartners follow along, while answering questions about their own thoughts and feelings.

Following this, Emily’s visual aid is displayed. They point to her heart and answer questions on how they think she feels when she thinks and does positive or negative actions. With her example, pre-kindergartners learn that their thoughts and feelings can be happy or sad depending on their actions.

As a great conclusion to the lesson, the teacher reads the ICU messages from the ICU box for the students’ daily positive reinforcement.

Pre-kindergartners are at an age when they start to recognize themselves and their own thoughts and feelings about themselves. Their self-concepts significantly impact their development and well-being, as it affects how they form relationships with others and adapt to changes and challenges throughout life.

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