The pre-K child wants to ask for his or her turn to play. The middle school sister wants to say no to an insistent brother. The teen driver competes with friends, music, and cell phone in the car. Each scenario is an opportunity to teach basic social strategies and avoid adverse consequences.
Through modeling numerous scenarios, you give children an opportunity to learn basic social skills. They will learn how to avoid problems, increase their confidence, and develop lifelong coping mechanisms. This prepares them for the changes and challenges they’ll encounter throughout their day.
Make It Fun to Learn
Help children explore coping solutions by introducing some of the challenging situations with role play or video. Teaching social strategies through acting out possible consequences can be very empowering. It gives children powerful tools to protect themselves and those around them.
The everyday interactions in Mazz Media’s videos give children examples to follow when coping with conflict. For the younger child, animated fun helps to communicate their choices. For teens, dramatic tension builds through play-it-out enactments. All ages will find valuable models to build on and guide them through their social development.
Throughout the month of March, featured videos include “Social Strategies for Kids Module,” the ”Get Along Monsters” series for elementary school children, and the ”Play It Out” series for teens.]]>
This is a strange irony in America’s history. When Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the irony came full circle.
It was just forty-four years earlier that African-Americans were given the right to vote.
The election of the first African-American president is the culmination of 200 years of tearing down racial and political barriers. America’s promise of freedom and equal rights for all its citizens is symbolized anew through this extraordinary event.
Many people helped break down the civil rights barriers and pave the way for this milestone. Learn more about the events and people who helped shape Barack Obama’s life and advance the fight against racial inequality for Black History Month.
“Barack Obama: Overcoming Barriers” and Mazz Media’s other educational videos are an engaging and entertaining component for the classroom, home school, or counseling environment.]]>
One of his favorite books was a biography about George Washington. He grew to be a successful lawyer with the values he learned from the former president. Before he became the sixteenth president of the U.S., his interest in politics led him to take a moral stand against slavery.
He ran for president as a member of the newly established Republican party. Lincoln led this new party into what would become the costliest and most deadly conflict in America. At a turning point in the Civil War, he renamed the cause from reunifying the union to abolishing slavery.
Lincoln said that all people held as slaves “henceforward shall be free.” The Emancipation Proclamation was born. The Union would remain together by threads, but the fight for equality had only begun.
Learn more about the sixteenth president’s childhood, leadership, and radical views against slavery for Black History Month. Watch a video clip of the complete video “America’s Journey Through Slavery, Abraham Lincoln: The Great Emancipator” for your classroom or homeschool from Mazz Media.]]>
At the new place, Harriet was given the job of winding yard, and she was often whipped. She had no bed, and she kept her feet warm on cold nights by sticking them in the fireplace ashes.
She loved the outdoors, so when her new owner made her work setting muskrat traps in the cold river waters, she managed to find enjoyment despite the harsh conditions and scraps of food she was given. She was a slave without her family, a home, or the freedom to do what she liked.
Harriet Tubman kept working hard all her life. Once she escaped, she worked to lead hundreds of slaves to freedom on the Underground Railroad. This video segment gives you a glimpse of Harriet’s childhood and the life of an enslaved child.
Watch the full video to learn more about the child who grew up to be a leading abolitionist and the first female spy and battlefield leader for the Union army during the Civil War, as well as the story of Rosa Parks and the city-wide boycott she started that changed public bus segregation.
Find “Heroes of Freedom: Harriet Tubman and Rosa Parks” and other educational videos for Black History Month from Mazz Media.