Ruth W. Begun, M.S., is president of The Society for Prevention of Violence (SPV), a nonprofit organization founded in 1972 dedicated to reducing asocial behaviors in children and adults through education.
Ready-to-Use Social Skills Lessons & Activities for Grades 1-3by Ruth Weltmann Begun
In the early primary school years, children need to learn certain social skills to be successful in school and out. Some children have already mastered handling disappointment and working out differences with others, but many children struggle with the social skills that are expected of them. To help students of all skill levels, the author of the highly praised Ready-To-Use Violence Prevention Skills Lessons & Activities for Elementary Students presents this practical book that gives teachers and specialists a stimulating, systematic way to develop positive social behaviors in students through awareness, discussion, and rehearsing new behaviors. It offers over 50 detailed lesson plans and practice worksheets based on real-life situations. These age-appropriate lessons help children build self-esteem, self-control, respect for the rights of others, and a sense of responsibility for one's own actions. Printed in a spiral-bound 8 1/4" x 11" format, the pages can be easily photocopied for use by the whole class or for individuals as the need to work on a particular skill arises.
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The lessons in the book are fairly intuitive and easy to work through. For younger students with special needs, the lessons may be a bit complex and will have to be watered down some to help them make a connection. However, in general, the lessons provide ample opportunity for teachers, as well as parents, to have good dialogue with children regarding appropriate behavioral expectations in day-to-day life. The lessons can be as elaborate or as simple as teachers would like, depending upon the students/ needs.