Don't Pop My Bubble: Common Language Supports Social-Emotional Curriculum

Ascension Episcopal School
Using Dan St. Romain's "Cultivating Character in Kids" as part of the Social-Emotional curriculum on the preschool campus, our Preschool Director, Julie Bourque, facilitates lessons every two weeks. She joins each class to read a story and discuss the social-emotional behavior being learned that week. Mrs. Bourque helps to reinforce the consistent language that goes hand-in-hand with the life skill being learned. 
It’s important to invite parents in to cultivate character alongside faculty and staff, so parents receive a newsletter with ideas for home practice with the common phrases being used at school. Use of common language by faculty, staff, and parents ensures learning and integration for the child. 
A few of Mrs. Bourque’s favorite lessons and common language phrases are
  • Personal space: "My space, your space, don't pop my bubble."
  • Using kind words: "Words are powerful, just because you think it, doesn't mean you say it."
  • Showing compassion: "My heart can tell me how I feel.  When I do the right thing I am taking care of others."
Mrs. Bourque looks forward to her time in the classroom, “I truly love this part of our curriculum because I get to facilitate a read-aloud, interact with the students, do some teaching, see the benefits of learning the skills, and have fun!”

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