Ginny and I are getting ready to start lessons in 2 Kindergarten classrooms later this month. We have created 2 characters to help reinforce the concepts we will be teaching.
Meet Risnny and Missy Me!
I am proud to report that my very own kiddos drew these characters. They are just naturally “Thinking About Others” kids 🙂
You might be wondering about the names Risnny and Missy Me. Well, before I go into that, let me tell you why we created these characters. For 1st-3rd grade classes, we use a book reading to introduce topics. We thought that we might need to be more concrete for Kindergarten, so we created a “Thinking About Others” character and a “Thinking About Me” character. Now for the names (my favorite part!) Risnny combines 3 letters of my name and the last 3 letters of Ginny’s name. How cool that the “Thinking About Others” character is a combination of us! Missy Me came from a longstanding joke between Ginny and I during the pilot year of our program. She had a full speech caseload, and even with this large caseload, agreed to pilot our curriculum in 13 classrooms. A huge undertaking! I was teaching distance education classes, so my schedule was a lot more flexible. This meant that I did a lot of the prep work for lessons, follow up with home challenges, etc. Ginny felt really uncomfortable at first asking me to do things, which is super silly. But one day when she asked me to do something, I replied “sure thing Miss!” That was all it took. Ginny got quite good at bossing me around that first year and always ended her request with Miss. So, we when we were thinking of a name for our “Thinking About Me” character we decided it had to include Miss in some way. We wanted the character to be a girl because there is just one Unthinkable who is female which seems a little odd since girls can be “Thinking About Me” kids just as much as boys.
So there you have it folks – Risnny and Missy Me!
We have started planning for Kindergarten and that has been a lot of fun. Brainstorming, being creative, and most of all, working hard to make sure the concepts are developmentally appropriate for Kindergarten age students.
Check back soon to see what we are up to 🙂