Social stories are a great way to teach elementary students who need specific social skills broken down into small, manageable steps. This social story can be used to help students who struggle with anxiety during the end of the school year. These students may feel unsure about the upcoming changes in routine, for the summer. They may also be thinking ahead to the next school year and be worried about entering a new grade, with a new teacher, new classroom, new classmates, etc.
How Do You Make The Story Really Resonate With Your Targeted Student(s)?
You choose between three covers, one with a boy and a girl, great if reading to a whole class or mixed group. One with a boy only and one with a girl only, great for individualizing the story to an individual.
Click on any of the three pictures to get your free story
Why Does This Story Work?
The story helps children the think about what they have learned and the fun that they have had. Helping children to recall much of what they have experienced throughout the year, helps them to feel a sense of accomplishment and therefore feel more comfortable moving on.
How Does The Story Address Moving On?
The story talks about the upcoming changes and what to expect. Demystifying changes is very important for children with special needs. The unknown is the most scary part for sure.
The story ends by reassuring children that, even though there will be changes, it will be okay. They will be able to handle the changes and some things will stay the same.
For more helpful information on how to support your special education students during the end of the school year, read my blog on Closure and grab a fun freebie while you’re there!
Thanks So Much and Happy Teaching!
Cindy ~Socially Skilled Kids