SMART Kids provides young children with instruction in social grace, good old-fashioned manners, and how to talk respectfully. These are the skills that hold young people in good stead as they move through the school system and into the world of work. SMART Kids is all about teaching children skills that open doors and provide them with multiple opportunities. SMART Kids gives children a smart start.
Lessons are designed specifically to meet the needs of young children—complete with direct instruction lessons and age-appropriate activities and games.
SMART Kids includes 18 five-day lesson plans. Each lesson requires only about 15 minutes, providing great cushion activities to complete when there's just a little extra time in the day. The 18-unit program can be conducted across the year or provided as a daily half-year curriculum.
Units of whole-class instruction teach children the following social skills:
Lessons incorporate how to provide explicit instruction, role-playing, puppet play, and repeated practice in natural contexts.
For schools using CHAMPS and/or Foundations, lessons include how to provide positive descriptive feedback, how to incorporate your school's guidelines for success, and how to use SMART intermittent celebrations.
SMART Kids includes a CD of reproducibles for making posters, SMART Books and coloring pages, stick puppets, recognition cards, and more.
There has been a significant increase in praising and complimenting other students. It used to be when certain children were selected to win a prize, the other students would pout and say "not fair." Lately, when a student is selected, the others clap and say "good job!"