Social and emotional learning is at the heart of good teaching,
but as standards and testing requirements consume classroom time and divert
teachers’ focus, these critical skills often get sidelined. In Sharing the Blue Crayon, Mary Anne
Buckley shows teachers how to incorporate social and emotional learning into a
busy day and then extend these skills to literacy lessons for young children.
Through simple activities such as read-alouds, sing-alongs, murals, and
performances, students learn how to get along in a group, empathize with
others, develop self-control and give and receive feedback, all while becoming
confident readers and writers.
In this fresh and original book, Buckley captures the humor,
wonder, honesty, and worries of our youngest learners and helps teachers understand
how to harness their creativity and guide their conversations toward richer
expressions of knowledge. Teachers of special populations will especially
appreciate Buckley’s successful strategies for reaching English language learners
and children from high-poverty homes who may not have strong foundations for