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Kindergarten Classroom Guidance Lessons

Gandy Elementary School uses Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum, Third Edition. It is designed to promote social competence and to reduce children's social-emotional problems. The curriculum teaches students several skills central to healthy social-emotional development: Empathy, impulse control, problem solving and anger management.

Kindergarten also uses "Jellybean Jamboree" which includes units on self-concept, anger management, emotional awareness, decision-making, friendship skills and behavior.

The earlier the age at which life-skill lessons are taught to young children, the more opportunity young children have to develop positive social skills, make good decisions, and succeed in life. Jellybean Jamboree brings different life-skill topics to the world of the very young child. The topics are presented in six units, and young children associate these important topics with their jellybean counterparts. Each unit contains short, to-the-point lessons followed by fun-to-do activity sheets. Children will delight as: Angry Arlene, The Grumpy Red Jellybean teaches them to identify their anger points and handle anger in an acceptable manner. Emotional Eugene, The Feeling Blue Jellybean examines the emotions of happiness, sadness, hurt, and everyday feelings. Decision-Making Dean, The Problem-Solving Orange Jellybean delves into the pros and cons of problem-solving and the consequences associated with each. Me, Maureen, The Self-Knowing Lavender Jellybean provides them with the opportunity to examine their strengths and develop more self-confidence. Friendly Francine, The Neighborly Pink Jellybean helps them realize what it takes to be a good friend. Ornery Ordean, The Misbehaving Green Jellybean explains why misbehaviors such as cheating, lying, stealing, and interrupting make children lose friends.