“A kid will say, ‘Look, I'm making good choices! Did Jaycee see me?’”
Anna and Charlie share a duplex with a hamster. Jaycee and Matthew's pink house was inspired by Dr. Seuss. And Charlie
and Lola's condo features owls and a chandelier. Each of these cozy domiciles is tucked safely in one of Mid Florida Community
Services' (MFCS) 20 Head Start classrooms.
MFCS Head Start teachers extend social-emotional learning throughout the day by making houses for their Second Step
puppets, from which the puppets observe students' positive behavior. "A kid will say, 'Look, I'm making good choices! Did
Jaycee see me?'” says teacher Caroline Hamilton with a smile.
Besides coming out to teach Second Step lessons and providing positive feedback from their homes, the puppets become
an integral part of the classroom culture, says MFCS Education Manager Damaris Conner. "They know the puppet is sad
or it's happy, and they want to help them or they want to sing songs to the puppets. It's very interactive teaching
that we have in the classroom with Second Step.”
Learn more about Second Step Social-Emotional Learning for Early Learning.
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