Bloom Your Room – The Social-Emotional Literacy Art & Activity Book (Pre-K – 4th Grade) is HERE!
- The culture of your classroom was clearly communicated so that your students knew exactly what was expected of them every moment of the day
- Your students helped one another behave kindly and cooperatively
- Your students appropriately encouraged one another to follow the classroom expectations
- Your students found it rewarding, inspiring and fun to be accountable for their behavior
- Your students felt confident, happy and ready to learn each and every day
Healthy prosocial classroom behavior is achievable!
When several teachers asked Wendy Young and me to write a book incorporating the Bloom Collaborative Philosophy for the classroom. We responded right away with 30 days of tips that inspired teachers to begin the school year focused on creating a Culture of Kindness. Then graphic artist Meg “Hollywood” Garcia, began to create images, posters, and activities to introduce prosocial, collaboration to children ages 4-10. You can find the professionally printed posters for your classrooms here.
Now with great fanfare, we announce that Bloom Your Room the full-color book is HERE! Bloom Your Room is the first social-emotional skill development program that is an art collection. The hand-drawn images, postables, and activities help shift classrooms from a focus on consequences to a focus on filling children with the thinking and self-regulation skills needed to be successful learners, kind classmates, and healthy human beings.
Just as we can develop reading literacy, numeracy, and physical literacy, human beings also develop social-emotional literacy. Social-emotional literacy is possessing the skills to identify, understand, and express your thoughts, feelings, and actions while understanding and appreciating the feelings, needs and experiences of others in order to develop, adapt to and respond in prosocial relationships. Bloom Your Room teaches these critical developmental skills.
Bloom Your Room helps teachers talk with children about creating socially, physically and emotionally safe learning environments where individual differences are respected and children lift one another up with kind words and deeds.
Bloom Your Room begins with having the “Cognitive Conversation” about What is a Culture of Kindness.
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A Culture of Kindness is a social environment where communication, collaboration, respect and personal accountability are valued, supported, taught and lived.
- In a Culture of Kindness students and teachers work together to create a safe learning environment where self-respect and respect for others are supported, taught and encouraged.
- In a Culture of Kindness students and teachers speak politely to one another, being mindful of and accountable for how their words, thoughts, and actions impact themselves and others.
- In a Culture of Kindness students and teachers can count on one another to be reliable, trustworthy, supportive, respectful, kind, calm and caring.
- In a Culture of Kindness students and teachers collaborate to live within the values of the classroom, encouraging conversation, exploration and the thoughtful “working through” of difficult moments, as a community.
- In a Culture of Kindness students and teachers resist blame, sarcasm, and contempt in favor of communication, collaboration, and respect.
Students are introduced to the Kindness CAN and begin to “notice the good” in their classrooms so that they may build a garden of prosocial behaviors, where they can “Dig” for new words, thoughts, and actions, when they wish to express kindness and respect toward themselves and their classmates (Buds).
Children become supportive of their Bud’s blooming social-interaction skills as they write Bud Notes to one another complimenting prosocial interactions.
Students learn how to see what Kindness “Looks Like” and “Sounds Like” as they are introduced to the adorable Martians who are coming to visit their room for the very first time.
To our inspiring teachers (Christy, Marya, Angela and more), you have told us that teaching children prosocial interactive skills and social-emotional literacy can be done quickly and clearly with art, posters and activities. Bloom Your Room will help. We’re excited to hear from you creative educators how the children respond to the art and activities.
Join our community for your first gift, the “I CAN do it!” checklist and receive updates regarding Bloom Your Room and the other wonderful classroom programs such as The Kinetic Classroom we are developing for 2018.
Wishing you kindness with joy today,