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Making Friends, PreK–3
A Social Skills Program for Inclusive Settings

Second Edition


January 2011 | 232 pages | Corwin
Helping students develop healthy social skills is childÆs playResearch shows that a child's social and behavioral skills affect the development of cognitive and physical abilities. Set students on a path to success and have fun doing it with this activity-packed second edition of Wanna Play. The authors provide hundreds of activities that help children learn how to behave appropriately and make friends. Included are tools for teaching emotion regulation, team playing, and body safety to all children, making this resource ideal for use in inclusive settings. New features include:A social interaction checklist for identifying learners' strengths and weaknessesTeacher-friendly activities that can be used in small groups or with the whole classA chapter on teaching emotions and communication skillsStudents with social challenges benefit from direct instruction, and early intervention helps prevent behavior problems and pave the way to academic success. This hands-on guidebook gives teachers, counselors, behavior therapists, and caregivers a wealth of easily implemented and fun-filled ways to enhance children's skills in all areas of social interaction.
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction: Welcome to the Wanna Play Program
 
Guidelines for Curriculum Success
 
How to Use this Book
 
Social Interaction Checklist
 
Unit 1: Discovering Social Skills
Lesson 1.1: What Are Social Skills?

 
Lesson 1.2: Making New Friends

 
Lesson 1.3: Building Friendships

 
Lesson 1.4: Relationships With Different Types of Friends

 
 
Unit 2: Using Appropriate Eye Contact for Interaction
Lesson 2.1: What Is Eye Contact?

 
Lesson 2.2: Looking to Talk

 
Lesson 2.3: Looking to Listen

 
Lesson 2.4: Looking to Learn

 
Lesson 2.5: Interest in Others

 
 
Unit 3: Social Skills for Interacting With Friends
Lesson 3.1: Fun With Friends

 
Lesson 3.2: Sweet Words/ Kind Words

 
Lesson 3.3: Safe Body/ Body Safety

 
Lesson 3.4: Playing Together

 
 
Unit 4: Appropriate Body Behavior
Lesson 4.1: Introduction to Body Awareness

 
Lesson 4.2: Body Needs--Strengths and Weaknesses

 
Lesson 4.3: Personal Play Space

 
Lesson 4.4: Body Privacy

 
Lesson 4.5: Modesty/Hygiene

 
Lesson 4.6: Appropriate Bodies in Different Environments

 
 
Unit 5: Appropriate Emotional Behavior
Lesson 5.1: What Are Emotions and How Do We Show Them?

 
Lesson 5.2: Choosing How We React

 
Lesson 5.3: Staying Calm When We Don't Get Along

 
Lesson 5.4: Appropriate Ways of Sharing Our Emotions

 
 
Unit 6: Appropriate Behavior in a Group
Lesson 6.1: Listening in a Group

 
Lesson 6.2: Socializing With Peers in a Group

 
Lesson 6.3: Learning in a Group

 
Lesson 6.4: Following Directions in Groups

 
 
Unit 7: Playing Games
Lesson 7.1: Sportsmanship/Cheering and Encouragement

 
Lesson 7.2: Going First

 
Lesson 7.3: Who Won?

 
Lesson 7.4: Playing Friends' Games

 
Lesson 7.5: Outside Games

 
Lesson 7.6: Indoor Games

 
 
Appendix A: Friendship Cards
 
Appendix B: Worksheets and Materials

"The overall attitude is fun, upbeat, and positive, as the guidelines stress the adults involved should be, and involves facilitated free play where the adult actively observes interactive play and looks for opportunities to offer prompts from the lessons and activities."

Building Blocks, A Special Needs Magazine, December 2011

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Unit 1: Discovering Social Skills


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