My latest article is out for the Yellin Center. This time I am discussing mindfulness and self-regulation, while sharing some of my favourite books to help cultivate students awareness of the world around them. Each book details different child-friendly approached to mindful conversation, emotional regulation, yoga or meditation practice. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do.
Another article authored by yours truly is up this week on the Yellin Center Blog, and getting lots of traction. Last week I highlight a few of my favorite developmental learning toys, which would make great gifts for teachers and students alike. This time around I am sharing some of my favorite books for teaching social skills (We all know how much I LOVE integrating picturebooks into my curriculum). Social learning can be hard for children to grapple with, and it can be an even greater challenge to effectively teach social skills in an enjoyable, nonthreatening manner. In my own classroom I often wrote my own social stories, or social building tales based on the needs of the students in my class. However, a teacher’s time is precious and there are a few remarkable authors out there, like Janan Cain and Julia Cook, who have done all the heavy lifting for you. So head over to my post, Books to Teach Social Skills, for a list of resources for teaching skills like sharing, controlling your voice, learning when to speak and expressing one’s feelings. On the Yellin Center Blog you will also find a discussion on why mastery over social conventions is so vital to a child’s overall development. Happy Reading!