Problem-solving puppets provide guidance at Ranch Elementary

The kindergarten classes at Ranch Elementary meet each week with a social worker, her college intern and puppets Puppy and Snail to learn problem-solving and other skills. (Submitted photo)

With a focus on Skills for Learning from the research-based social emotional program Second Steps, the kindergarten classes at Ranch Elementary meet each week with social worker Laurie McRae, her college intern and puppets Puppy and Snail.

Ms. McRae is a social worker who meets weekly with Ranch Elementary kindergarten classes.

The puppets find themselves in a variety of situations and settings, calling upon class members to help find solutions to problems using the Skills for Learning: Eyes Watching, Ears Listening, Voice Silent and Body Still.

Puppy and Snail have been working on their attention and focusing in the classroom, listening and following directions.

Later in the semester, the puppets will demonstrate the concept of self-talk and how the words we say silently in our heads can keep us on track and follow directions.

The end of the year will find Puppy and Snail strengthening emotional management and beginning to problem solve with less adult intervention.

Research found on the Second Steps website supports the idea that as students learn to recognize feelings and respond appropriately, manage emotions and learn to problem solve, academics and classroom behaviors improve.

The Queen Creek Independent is mailed each month to 24,000 homes.

You are encouraged to leave relevant comments but engaging in personal attacks, threats, online bullying or commercial spam will not be allowed. All comments should remain within the bounds of fair play and civility. (You can disagree with others courteously, without being disagreeable.) Feel free to express yourself but keep an open mind toward finding value in what others say. To report abuse or spam, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box.

Facebook Comment