Our lesson this week begins with Dr. Seuss’s book “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are”. First published in 1973, this classic Dr. Seuss book reminds children that no matter what their struggles may be, they should always be thankful. It’s a perfect book to use for a mindfulness lesson and to learn more about Grump Grumpaniny from Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal’s Superflex® curriculum. For more information about Grump Grumpaniny, please go to www.socialthinking.com. Superflex® and the Unthinkables© were developed and copyrighted by Michelle Garcia Winner and Stephanie Madrigal. In this thought-provoking tale, the young boy, “Duckie”, learns from a wise old man that there are others that are far less fortunate.

When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad…
you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie,
you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more…
oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more
unluckly than you!

I found an animated video of “Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are” on this website:  Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are The children settled down and watched the video while they munched on Lucky Charms cereal. Before the movie started, I instructed the children to save one marshmallow treat of each of the different shapes they found. This took an incredible amount of willpower! After the movie, we took turns picking up one of the marshmallow shapes and sharing something that we were grateful for before we ate the marshmallow. The children talked about how lucky we are to have a nice home, to have food on the table, to go to a good school, to have people in our life that care about us, to have friends, to have clothes to wear, to have toys to play with, and to have pets to love.

At the end of class, I gave each child a real $1 gold coin. Then I told them the leprechaun secret of sharing your good fortune with others. I asked them to look around at what others may need in our community and share their special coin with a charity or person that needs it. Hopefully, the children will come back after Spring Break and tell us how they shared their good fortune!

Trader Joe’s was nice enough to give me FREE stickers for each child, too! Thank you, Trader Joe’s!

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Have a terrific Thursday!

Mary

Group lesson was inspired by Social Thinking®, Superflex®, and The Incredible Flexible You™ curriculums by Michelle Garcia Winner, CCC-SLP and by The Zones of Regulation®, by Leah Kuypers, MA. The Zones of Regulation is a curriculum geared toward helping students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem-solving abilities. Social Thinking® is a term coined by Michelle Garcia Winner and represents a coordinated teaching framework of curricula, vocabulary, teaching tools and strategies for individuals aged preschool through adults. Learn more at www.socialthinking.com. 

 

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About mhkeiger

I am a Social Learning Specialist. I am also the Program Director of Friend's Club social learning groups. I have presented at the Social Thinking Providers Conference. I received my bachelor's degree in English from Salem College and my master's degree in Cross-Categorical Education from University of North Carolina - Greensboro. I am a long-term member of the Autism Society of North Carolina. I was awarded Professional of the Year by the Autism Society of North Carolina in 2003. I have 25 years of extensive training and experience in the area of social skills.

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