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Early Elementary Ages 6-8

early elementary

We use Michelle Garcia Winner’s We Thinkers! Volume 2to teach social skills in a more structured setting than our beginner group. This engaging new Social Thinking educational series combines a social learning framework used in schools across the U.S. with music and dramatic play activities that will appeal to early learners. We focus on:

  • Hidden rules
  • Flexible and stuck thinking
  • Expected and Unexpected behaviors
  • Size of the Problem

The Zones of Regulationis a systematic, cognitive behavioral approach used to teach self-regulation by categorizing the different ways we feel and states of alertness into four concrete zones. The Early Elementary group focuses on:

  • Identifying emotions, states of alertness, and zones for ourselves
  • Beginning to identify emotions, states of alertness, and zones for others
  • Introduction to triggers

What do we do?

  • Small Group Board Games
  • Motor Room Free Play
  • Table Time: We Thinkers
  • Table Time: Zones of Regulation
  • Structured Activity/Game
  • Snack
  • Prizes and Check-out

Progress Monitoring

  • Weekly Data Collection on individuals and groups
  • Two progress notes per quarter
  • Progress notes at the end of the quarter with future recommendations