Some Holiday Cheer for You! Santa's Stockings 3

Happy holidays from Looks Like Language! Get your free color matching worksheets here!
You've made it to the final countdown! Why is the last week always the longest, even though it is a short week?

The last part of the Santa's Stockings Game is ready for you to download! If you missed some of it, start here.

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May your week be peaceful and your holidays be wonderful!

3 Ways to Teach Saying Thank You! Even When You Don't Mean It!

3 Ways to teach children to say thanks- and why it is important! Looks Like Language
Little kids get reminded by their parents all the time: “Say please.” “Say thank you.” This is how we start teaching politeness. Politeness and manners are such important social skills!

When friction develops, manners can keep a situation calm enough to talk it out instead of fighting. In normal every day life, it is practice beginning to be able to take another’s perspective.

Think about it it- who does saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ benefit? The speaker or the listener? Obviously, the listener or we wouldn’t have to work so hard to get kids into the routine of saying it!

Although they may say it faithfully as a learned routine, children with autism may have a difficult time understanding why it is important. Even more difficult- saying thank you when you don’t like the gift!

To help with this important skill, I have 3 ideas for you today!


PRACTICE the ROUTINE

Young or nonverbal children can benefit from practicing the routine. This adapted book will let you put items that your students like and dislike in the presents to visually teach that we still say thank you. Opening presents is such a fun activity, even when it is make believe!

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Using shoebox to teach children to say thanks! Looks Like Language
Of course, having some decorated boxes to open up and see a real toy inside is a great activity to coordinate with the book. You can read more about it here.


FEELINGS and WORDS

Saying "Thank you!" is important! Tips for teaching at Looks Like Language
This free game from my store gets kids identifying how receiving different toys would make them feel and giving an appreciative response anyway. Try it out here

Kind feedback is always appreciated!







EXPLAINING  WHY

This social rules story can help your older children or students to begin to understand why it is important to say thank you for gifts we don’t really want. One page is filled in completely as an example.

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The second page is a fill in the blank. You can use this page as a basis for discussion and letting your students fill in answers that are pertinent to their lives.

Discussion questions could include:
* Did you ever get a present that you didn’t like?
* How did you react? What did you do or say?
* How did they person who gave you the gift react? What did they do or say?
* How did your reaction make them feel?
* Is that how you want that person to feel?
* What could you do differently next time?
* What could you say differently next time?
* How can you help yourself sound sincere? Sincere means you really mean it. We show that in our facial expressions, body language and tone of voice.


You can use all of these resources at holiday time or for birthdays! Enjoy!

Some Holiday Cheer for You! Santa's Stockings 2

Santa is still looking for his stockings! Can you help?
At holiday season, when our littles get even a bit more antsy than usual, it is good to have some quick, fun holiday activities to use. Open ended activities can be so helpful!

The children feel like they are playing a game instead of working, but it is easy to sneak your work in!

Try taping pictures of their vocabulary words or their speech targets on the backs of the cards. Then when they ask for a card, they are doing their work! Want to read more about this idea? Find it here.

You can also try asking them a question after they pick a card and let them help Santa answer it. That way, Santa made the mistake and you can get your student to model the correct answer for Santa! Kids love to pretend.

(Sometimes I love to pretend I'm in a quiet place somewhere sunny, myself!)

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Some Holiday Cheer for You! Santa's Stockings 1

Hello, friends! The season of giving is upon us, and I have a gift for you!

Happy holidays from Looks Like Language! Download a cheery Santa game!
Anything that can make life easier this time of year is a treat, so I hope that this quick and easy open ended Santa's Stockings color game will help you out! 

You can download the first part here. Come back next week for more!

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