I Can Learn Social Skills! (Paperback)

Poems About Getting Along, Being a Good Friend, and Growing Up

By Benjamin Farrey-Latz

Free Spirit Publishing, 9781631982804, 64pp.

Publication Date: September 4, 2018

List Price: 11.99*
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Description

Playful poetry to teach basic social skills in a lighthearted way.

Teach and foster social skills with this lively collection of poems for children. Strong social skills are the key to getting along, succeeding in school and at home, and enjoying time with others. Yet for many kids, greetings, eye contact, playing, competing, managing emotions, apologizing, and other essential social skills feel unnatural. One thing that is natural is the appeal of rhyming poems: they are fun to read aloud and easy to remember. These poems for children teach how to improve social skills with a lighthearted touch. Photos showing diverse kids accompany the book’s playful, often humorous language. Activities and lessons at the back of the book help adults guide children in learning social skills.


About the Author

Benjamin Farrey-Latz is a special education teacher at Jefferson Community School (grades 2–6) in the Minneapolis School District. He has worked in education since 1996 in private, public, and charter schools as both a general and special education teacher. After working several years at the elementary level, Benjamin completed his master’s degree at the University of Minnesota. His thesis focused on methods of teaching social skills to children with special needs.


Praise For I Can Learn Social Skills!: Poems About Getting Along, Being a Good Friend, and Growing Up

“Written in an appealing child’s voice and sensitive to children’s real concerns, these novel poems capture struggles that children face and provide warm, practical solutions for developing social skills. Fun photography and graphics will engage children, while teachers will love the included extension activities.”—Cheri J. Meiners, M.Ed., author of the Learning to Get Along series


“What a fantastic book for teachers, parents, grandparents, and anyone else who has looked for a fun and innovative way to teach social skills! Mr. Farrey-Latz’s book of poems is a fresh take on teaching important social skills like getting along with friends, asking for help, and adjusting to a new teacher in the classroom (just to name a few)! Included in the book are tips for implementing these poems, which is an excellent resource for anyone who has ever tried to teach these important skills to one student, a small group, or an entire classroom. Another outstanding Free Spirit Publishing book to add to your library.”—Christine Peper, Ph.D., senior lecturer, University of Minnesota


“The cute and clever poems are perfect for reinforcing expected social behaviors.”—Leah Kuypers, M.A.Ed., OTR/L, creator of The Zones of Regulation®