Al’s Pals is an early childhood classroom curriculum and teacher training program that develops social-emotional skills and healthy decision-making in children 3 to 8 years old. Children learn to:
- Express feelings
- Use kind words
- Use self-control
- Think flexibly
- Accept differences
- Solve problems peacefully
- Cope in positive ways
- Make safe and healthy choices
- Understand that tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs are not for children
The Wingspan-trained preschool, kindergarten, or first-grade teacher conducts two Al’s Pals lessons a week, each lasting 10 to 15 minutes. Designed specifically for early childhood, the lessons use guided creative play, brainstorming, puppetry, original music, role plays, and movement to develop children’s social-emotional competence and life skills. Using the Al’s Pals teaching approaches, educators reinforce and model the Al’s Pals concepts throughout the day, providing the children with opportunities to practice and generalize their newly acquired skills.
Each Al’s Pals classroom uses materials from its own curriculum kit both within and between lessons to infuse prosocial concepts into daily classroom life. Puppets Al, Ty, and Keisha capture children’s imaginations and become important role models in an Al’s Pals classroom. Through lively puppet scripts, posters, color photographs, music, books, school-to-home messages recognizing positive behavior, and parent letters, Al’s Pals helps build a classroom environment that promotes caring, cooperation, respect, and healthy decision-making.
To learn more about Al’s Pals: Kids Making Healthy Choices, visit wingspanworks.com or call 804-967-9002.