Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tucker Turtle - Solution Kits- Social Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Classes

Meet Tucker Turtle...

Tucker Turtle is the newest addition to our classroom social curriculum. He was given to me during a training session at our school this fall. Our district received a grant from the Technical Assistance Center on Social Emotional Intervention for Young Children (TACSEI).  The resources we are using can be found for free on their website http://www.challengingbehavior.org/

There are tons of resources to use to help children build healthy social/emotional skills.

Tucker is a turtle puppet we use to help children learn a calming technique to aid them when dealing with strong emotions like anger. There is a great little social story you can download from the website as well to read with the kids.

We teach the children how to "Think Like a Turtle."
Here are Tucker's Steps:
1.When you are angry you need to STOP! Keep your hands, feet, and yelling to yourself.
2.Tuck inside your shell, and take three deep breaths.
3.Once you are calm think think of a solution or a way to solve your problem.

You can find Tucker Turtle resources here...


After teaching the Tucker Turtle technique we set up a "Calming Corner" in our room where Tucker lives. This is a place our friends can go to calm down. Tucker is available to them along with some stress relief toys. We have the "Tucker Turtle Steps to Think Like a Turtle" posted on the wall next to this spot. There is also a Solution Kit!  

The Solution Kit contains a bunch of visuals that offer the children ideas for how to solve their problems. There are ideas for ways to share and for what to do when people are not listening to you.

•Get a teacher

•Ask nicely



•Say, “Please stop.”

•Say, “Please.”

•Trade toys/item
•Wait and take turns

Read more about the Solution Kit in our classroom!

You can fins all kids of printable resources from CSEFEEL: Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning! Including the Solution Kits !