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Join In and Play
Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed. 
Join In and Play

It’s fun to make friends and play with others, but it’s not always easy to do.

You have to make an effort, and you have to know the rules—like ask before joining in, take turns, play fair, and be a good sport. This book teaches social skills for children using the basics of cooperation, getting along, making friends, and being a friend.

Includes ideas for games adults can use with kids to reinforce the social skills being taught.


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Common Core State Standards

Head Start
Supports the domains of Social & Emotional Development, Logic & Reasoning, Language Development, Literacy Knowledge & Skills, and Social Studies Knowledge & Skills in the Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework.

ASCA Mindsets & Behaviors for Student Success: K-12 College- and Career-Readiness Standards for Every Student
MS.1, MS.2, MS. 6
BS.LS.1, BS.LS.9
BS.SS.1, BS.SS.2, BS.SS.3, BS.SS.4, BS.SS.5, BS.SS.6, BS.SS.7, BS.SS.8, BS.SS.9



40 pages, illustrated, softcover, full-color, 9" x 9", ISBN 978-1-57542-152-0

F&P: Grade 1/Ages 4–8/H
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  • Learning Magazine’s Teacher’s Choice Award Finalist

“Surely needed...I heartily applaud this important series.”—Jay A. Monson, Ph.D., Professor of Elementary Education, Utah State University

In the Real World

Using the Free Spirit Learning to Get Along® series

A Minnesota educator writes, "Before I started teaching I worked in the St. Cloud area as an after-school program manager. One of the districts had a grant to work with children with special needs, and one particular school had a high number of behavior issues. The school kept a library of Free Spirit books children could read when they got into trouble or needed downtime. This was part of the discipline process—the focus was on helping kids understand what respect means. I would read a book with the child and we would talk about how it feels to be hurt or picked on. The children responded to the needed quiet time and one-on-one attention."

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Item No: 21520W

Price: $10.95


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