Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Sweet Welcome Letter Video

This letter was written from the heart, (my son was my inspiration for writing it).  It may be used by Teachers, Specialists, or Parents due to it's multiple versions and looks.  It works well as a Welcome Letter at Back To School time, or may be displayed or given to a child at anytime.

Welcome Letter


Friday, August 11, 2017

Character Education - Social Skills Bundle Video

My Character Education - Social Skills Bundle is complete!  This video gives you a feel for what the bundle looks like and includes.  Suitable for multiple elementary ages and abilities, and everything comes in black & white, in addition to color. 

I believe there is good in this world, and beauty everywhere. I hope you find this resource helpful in magnifying the good and beauty that is everywhere. 💚

Character Education - Social Skills Bundle

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

8 Meaningful Ways to Teach Empathy

Empathy.  A good definition for kids may be the ability to understand and share the feelings of
others.  As adults, we know the importance of feeling heard and hearing others.  When we are heard by others, we feel connected and understood.  Empathy takes that one step further, as our feelings are not only heard, but also understood and shared by others.  Empathy is powerful because it can comfort, calm, and diffuse intense situations.  It helps others not to jump to conclusions and aids in people getting along.  If we can teach this skill to our children, we can create more harmonious and peaceful interactions.  If a child is able to put themselves in another child's shoes, they may think twice before causing harm.  And that is the goal, isn't it?  Teaching children to be thoughtful people who care about and get along with others.  Sometimes that goal is easier said than done.  There will always be bumps in the road, but teaching children to be empathetic people is an important piece of the puzzle.  Here are some tips to help teach children empathy:
  1. Read - Read books with children that focus on another person's point of view and feelings.
  2. Observe - Teach children to observe the person or situation they are trying to understand.  They will gain insights into the situation through observation.
  3. Remember - Encourage children to remember a time when they felt the same way as the person they are trying to understand.
  4. Imagine - Encourage children to imagine how they would feel if they were that person.  What would it be like to "walk in that person's shoes?"
  5. Ask - Tell children to ask how that person feels. 
  6. Listen - Teach children how to actively listen.  Some active listening skills include:  Providing feedback to the person so they know you have heard them, using appropriate body language, and not interrupting.
  7. Take Action - Encourage children to do something to show they care about the person.
  8. Model - Model empathy in your interactions towards others and towards children.
I have prepared an Empathy Packet that may be used by teachers, school counselors, parents and homeschooling parents, social workers, speech therapists, and other specialists.  Included in this packet are activities, printables, posters and awards.  To see full details, click here.

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Empathy-3218151

Monday, July 10, 2017

Completed Social Skills Bundle!!!

It's Been Quite a Summer!

Have you been enjoying your summer?  Have you been traveling?  I hope vacations, family time, and gatherings have been filling up your summer calendar.

I have been home with the kiddos, arranging play dates and fun outings here and there.  They are most excited about our upcoming annual family camping trip that will happen soon!  By the way, if you are looking for camping tips, check out these...
Camping with Kids - Tips and Tricks for Families

In preparation of heading off to the wilderness for some much needed rest and relaxation, I have been working on everything and anything to do with Penelope's Portfolio.  I really do love what I do!

All that has led to one HUGE accomplishment.  I recently updated and completed my Social Skills - Character Education Bundle.  Woohoo, Bravo, Back flip, and all that!!!!  That's right, 70 virtue packets focusing on 70 different character education traits make up this completed bundle.  If you previously purchased this bundle when it was still growing, please re-download for free to get the completed and updated version.  If you have not purchased it, you may view it here.  It's always a great time for Character Education!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Character-Education-Social-Skills-BUNDLE-2185002

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Seller Spotlight Sunday

Have you heard?

Each Sunday, Nikki from Teaching Autism, spotlights one TpT Seller on her blog.  I am lucky enough to be featured on Sunday, March 13th.

Thank you Nikki!!!

Please check out Nikki's blog and my guest post here....

http://teaching-autism.blogspot.com/2016/03/seller-spotlight-sunday-penelopes.html

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Updated Resources

Howdy!
 
I have finished updating all my resources in some manner, (by adding new fonts, additional pages, or making other edits).  If you have purchased a product in the past, please head on over to my TpT Store, and re-download it for the most recent version.  Thank you!
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Penelopes-Portfolio
 
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Get Inspired!

Have you heard?  Teachers Pay Teachers is having a big sale!  Start the year off right by saving up to 28% off with code Start16.  

Many specialists and teachers are participating in this sale, myself included! Head on over to TpT January 20-21st to save big!