This week, I have been working with kindergarten and first grade classes on personal space. As part of the lesson, we defined personal space (the space we need to give each other so everyone feels comfortable) and discussed ways to talk to another student that is invading your personal space. We also talked about what personal space looks like on the rug, in line, and around school.
If you have a chance, ask your child:
How can you respectfully tell another student you need more personal space?
Answer: Be kind, but also clear about what you want. Some student examples include:
“Excuse me, can you please move over?”
“You are breaking my personal space bubble. Please give me some more space.”
How can you give personal space in line?
Answer: Face forward, hands by sides, just right space between you and other students.
What does personal space look like on the rug?
Answer: Give me 5, space between you and your neighbors, in your square (if your classroom rug is divided in this way).
You can even ask your child about places they can give personal space around the home, and what personal space might look like in those places.
Thank you for your help reinforcing this important lesson.
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