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MY IMMEDIATE FAMILY & PRAISING


These two lessons are taken from the Grade One Activities Manual of Developing Nurturing Skills® K-12 School Based Curricula, part of Nurturing Parenting Programs®. The program is designed to create a better world through developing nurturing skills.

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MY IMMEDIATE FAMILY

ACTIVITY: My Immediate Family
POPULATION:
1st Graders
CONSTRUCT:
Self-Awareness
TIME:
30 Minutes
MATERlALS:
Paper, crayons or markers

GOAL: Students will gain awareness of family structure.

OBJECTIVES:
Students will list all family members.
Students will identify members in their immediate family.

PROCEDURES:

  1. Arrange students in a circle. Welcome the class.
  2. Icebreaker:
    An activity I like to do with my family is_____________
  3. As a class - have students brainstorm all people who can be considered family members. List these on the chalkboard. Which people live with you? Those are immediate family. Which people live elsewhere? Those are extended family.
  4. Pass out paper and crayons or markers.
    Have students draw an immediate family portrait.
    Remind them to include only immediate family members.

GROUP HUG

IFS, ANDS, OR BUTS: Be prepared to discuss diverse family living situations, i.e. two single parents with children sharing a home, a mom and boyfriend, grandparents raising children, etc.


PRAISING

ACTIVITY: Praising
POPULATION: 1st Graders
CONSTRUCT: Self-Awareness
TIME: 30 Minutes
MATERlALS: None

GOAL: Students will experience giving and receiving praise.

OBJECTIVES: Students will learn to praise.
Students will experience the positive power of praise.

PROCEDURES:

  1. Arrange students in a circle. Welcome the class.
  2. Icebreaker:
    Name one thing you do well.
  3. Discussion: What is praise?
    How does it make you feel?
    When should you praise others?
  4. You may need to model this before beginning
    by praising (or complimenting) the person on your right.
  5. Have students say a statement of praise to the person to their right.

HOME PRACTICE ASSIGNMENT: praise a family member tonight.

GROUP HUG

IFS, ANDS, OR BUTS: Remind students that everyone needs and deserves praise.


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