Inside: Use these Kindergarten Emergent Readers all about kindness in this Growing Bundle to help you teach sel curriculum to your students
Our beginning readers turn to emergent readers to help students become more confident. But instead of reading random emergent readers, we can teach them to read and connect it to learning about character education.
This Kindergarten Emergent Reader Growing Bundle Set all about kindness uses simple vocabulary and sight words is the perfect addition to sel learning.
Why Teaching students about kindness is crucial:
Students who do not feel safe in our classrooms and in our school will never be able to learn.
If they are being teased or bullied or isolated on the playground, they won’t feel confident to raise their hand, participate in class, and take a chance at being wrong.
Students don’t know how to deal with tricky social situations on the playground. They don’t know how to stand up for themselves or stand up to bullies. They don’t know how to deal with “mean girls” or how to include someone on the playground.
We hang Kindness posters up in our classrooms and hallways and maybe even have Kindness Week. But it’s not enough. We have to intentionally teach students how to be kind. How to not be a bully. How to stand up to bullies. How to be a good friend.
Sure, we could argue that these skills should be taught at home. But for so many students, these skills aren’t being taught at home. So if we don’t teach them, our students are missing a key component to learning: how to be a good person.
So as teachers, we can change this. We have the power to not only teach our students the state standards. We can also teach them how to speak and act with kindness more often. It’ll make our classrooms kinder places to be.
And it’ll make sure all of our students feel welcomed, included and safe so they come to school ready to learn those state standards.
We can teach them kindness vocabulary with this Kindness Dictionary, we can play Trash or Kindness to help them decide what is kind and what isn’t, and we can get them to be kind every day with this 100 Days of Kindness.
Each book in this Emergent Reader Growing Bundle Set comes with:
student copy of the early reader in color and black and white
discussion starters to continue the conversation
2 creative writing prompts to connect to the topic for kindness writing
The Topics Included in the Kindergarten Emergent Readers Growing Bundle for SEL Curriculum include:
I am Kind at School
I am Kind at School (Covid Edition)
I can Volunteer
I Speak With Kindness
I am a Helper
I am Kind Online
I am Kind on the Playground
I can Deal With Bullies
- We are All Different
- I can Thank Essential Workers
I am Kind at Home(coming soon)
I am a Kind Sibling (coming soon)
I am a Good Friend (coming soon)
I am Kind in the Cafeteria (coming soon)
I am a Kind Kid (coming soon)
I make Kind Choices (coming soon)
I can Stand Up to Peers (coming soon)
I am Mindful of Others (coming soon)
I am Compassionate (coming soon)
Using the Kindergarten Emergent Readers Set on Kindness:
Purchase and choose which emergent reader you want to start with. Then print out the emergent readers. You’ll need to print out half the number you need because there are two copies on each sheet.
You can choose between the color or black and white version.
Cut the pages apart and collate the pages.
Staple the books together in the binding.
If you’ve used the black and white version, encourage the kids to color the pages. We love using these skin-colored crayons .
Then with your students, read the emergent reader together. Review any vocabulary they don’t know yet and review the sight words in the book.
After the group read, students can partner read, read them independently, and read them to a class pet or a class stuffed animal.
Continue Using the Emergent Reader Sets and Character Education
To continue the conversation about character education and social-emotional concepts like volunteering and helping, use the discussion starters that come with each emergent reader.
You can also use these 60 Kindness Discussion Starters.
Students can also use one of the two writing prompts with each of the emergent reader topics to show what they know and write about what they’re learned.
To differentiate for your students who need extra support, you can dictate their answers or kid spell their sentences if they’re beginning writers.
Ready to use these Kindergarten Emergent Reader sets?