Learning and Sharing

Defeating Bah! Humbug! Part 1

on December 7, 2013


Poinsettias are so beautiful.  Just looking at this picture makes me feel happier.  It has been one very busy week.  I thought that I had spent more time in meetings and doing paperwork than anything else until I reviewed what happened in our social groups.

The concept of listening with your whole body is reviewed with the Kindergartners in Mrs. Lindstrom’s class, in some way, each  and every day.  We try to “catch” them using Whole Body Listening and reinforce it with our words of praise.  Mrs. Lindstrom engages the class in an interactive lesson using the visual that I created using Custom Boards app for iPad


This week, I used the book from The Incredible Flexible You (a Social Thinking® curriculum and available at


The children in the story “show” how their brains and bodies get out of the group but “thinking with their eyes” helps them to realize how their behavior makes others feel.  To keep their friends and teachers thinking good thoughts and feeling good feelings about them, they adjust their focus and listen with their whole bodies.

I found the most adorable video showing Cookie Monster learning to listen with his whole body

I used activities from


for all of the social skills groups this week.  At this time of year it is particularly important to “think about others”.  The Holiday Social Skills packet from and available for purchase at contains a social story about “thinking about others”.  It is important that my students know the “why” behind that concept, especially when it comes time to choose a gift for someone.   Observing others is a great way to find out what they like.  If you don’t know what they like, ask questions.  Thinking about others is the best way to show your friends that you are interested in them and that you care about them.


The third grade group needed to update their “friend files”.  Talking about what we knew that our friends in the group were interested in or what they liked revealed that we had not checked into those friend files in a long time.

Looks like I am going to have to post a Part 2 for this week.  So much happens in Lunch Buddies that one post cannot contain it.

Writing about our activities makes me feel happy.  When that Bah! Humbug! creeps into my brain I can defeat it by thinking happy thoughts of holiday social skills.

Stay safe everyone, it could be a slickery Sunday!

Happy Holidays!



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