They are stories that are specifically written to help teach a skill or for emotional and social regulation support. I actually was in a meeting yesterday that I mentioned a book that I had written to help children that were scared of my toilet. 😳
I’ve seen this morning one of the little guys going to the bathroom and he forgets to flush. So I remind him flush the toilet and wash your hands. He is hesitant. I see him standing around. I repeated myself… Flush the toilet and wash your hands and a mini meltdown occurred. I think we realize that he was afraid of the sound the toilet makes .
I grabbed a book on the shelf I had written years ago. The telltale signs of its age will be my black hair and a very bright bathroom 😑.
Here’s what a social story looks like for children that might be scared of the loud noises the toilet makes. ￼
As we prepared to go outside everyone was using the restroom again. I noticed the little guy pause in the doorway. And then I heard “HEY DEBBIE , I need help !” SCORE. I felt like that was the biggest win I’ve had since school started . I promise you…if you take the time to intentionally teach and be present – it’s a game changer.
We also did a cooking experience today with TOO MUCH RED DYE. ( If you watch closely you can always tell when I plan an activity or Mr Randy does .)
We tried another mark making activity too but the littles thought it was lame so I ditched it. ALWAYS – be willing to disregard your lesson plans if the children would rather be doing something else that has value. I can “teach” what I need to “teach” anywhere in my space – I can be flexible with the delivery.