Authors: Ryan E. Hendrix,Kari Zweber Palmer,Nancy Tarshis,Michelle Garcia Winner
UPDATE: SERIES NAME CHANGE
Due to the confusion caused by the use of the word "flexible" in the names of many of our products, The Incredible Flexible You series name has changed to We Thinkers!. The Incredible Flexible You Volume 1, has been renamed to We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers. No content has changes in Volume 1, only the series name has changed. Volume 2 is named We Thinkers! Volume 2 Social Problem Solvers.
Please Note: Right now we are in the process of updating the series name on the products in the Volume 1 Deluxe Package. Therefore, the package may contain some products with the series name The Incredible Flexible You, and others with the series name We Thinkers!. Thank you for being "flexible" as we work through this name change!
We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers is an engaging Social Thinking educational series that combines a social learning framework used in schools across the U.S. with music and dramatic play activities that will appeal to early learners. Play is the learning environment of young children, and this curriculum capitalizes on this idea! The We Thinkers! Volume 1 Social Explorers Deluxe Set includes the five storybook set, curriculum book, The Incredible Flexible You music CD, and a free tote bag.
Volume 2, Social Problem Solvers, builds off of the concepts taught in Volume 1 and explores more advanced Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary such as: Hidden Rules and Expected and Unexpected Behaviors, Smart Guess, Flexible and Stuck Thinking, Size of the Problem, and Sharing an Imagination. However, because the teaching and learning is sequential it is important that Volume 1 be used before moving to Volume 2.
About the Storybooks
Through the adventures of four likable characters, Evan, Ellie, Jesse, and Molly, children are introduced to and learn about complex social concepts in a language they can understand. Readers journey along with the characters as their adventures unfold in various settings that mirror children’s experiences and inspire their imaginations. In Volume 1 storybook settings include in the classroom, on a farm, underwater in the ocean, during a trip to outer space, and at the zoo.
Also sold separately. Read more about the storybooks and concepts in each.
About the Curriculum Book
Detailed instructional plans, complete with Teaching Moment specifics, motivating in-classroom structured activities, educational plan goals, and learn-at-home family letters give educators and parents the knowledge and tools they need to help young children use their social thinking abilities and develop better social skills.
The units are to each of the five storybooks and introduce these Social Thinking concepts and vocabulary: Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings, The Group Plan, Thinking With Your Eyes, Body in the Group, and Whole Body Listening.
Core Teaching materials from the curriculum are included on a USB drive.
Tom Chapin’s Music CD
The series is accompanied by The Incredible Flexible You music CD. Multiple GRAMMY®-award winning artist Tom Chapin, long known for empowering children through his music, co-wrote and performs 12 engaging songs that reinforce the Social Thinking series' concepts. His spirited, sing-along approach appeals to young children, gets them up and moving, and enhances their ability to actively participate with others and synthesize Social Thinking Vocabulary into everyday life.
Plus a Free Tote Bag!
This handy canvas tote bag is a great accessory for anyone! Get it free when you purchase the We Thinkers! Volume 1 Deluxe Set.
What People are Saying
M.S. - Autism Specialist"We Thinkers! Volume 1 provides the missing curriculum we have all been searching for to teach Social Thinking concepts to children in preschool and early elementary school. This curriculum is effective for all children and is especially beneficial to children with high-functioning autism. Our early childhood special education program had the privilege of working with co-author Kari Palmer to pilot lessons from We Thinkers! Volume 1 in our inclusion program. We saw phenomenal results! The curriculum is easy to use, has a clear scope and sequence for teaching essential Social Thinking concepts for school success, and has practical ideas for families to use at home. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!"
K.E. - Teacher in Switzerland"We were working on book 1: Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings. While we were getting ready to go to P.E. the students were loud and not properly lined up to be able to leave the class. Jack, a diagnosed autistic child, realized that I was expecting them to be quiet and line up. He turned to his classmates that were misbehaving and said, "Hey Oliver, look at me, look at my face. What do you see?" (He looked at him with a frown on his face). "You see on my face that I am not happy because Miss Kelly is waiting for us to be quiet so we can leave. So please be quiet now!" This made my teacher heart sing of joy, because one of my students had transferred the knowledge learned into a social interaction with his peers.
I want to thank you for all the great discoveries I made so far thanks to your website.Your articles and the books purchased have greatly improved the social skills of my students this year."
S.T. - Parent"My son has been learning various Social Thinking Vocabulary and concepts from therapists over the past 4.5 years, but these concepts were scattered and he didn’t really ‘connect the dots’ until he learned how they all come together in the ‘group plan.’ These basic yet important building blocks are covered comprehensively and taught methodically in this curriculum. Highly recommended for anyone who is interested in learning Social Thinking.”
P.J. - Teacher"We Thinkers! Volume 1 series has brought excitement to the process of learning Social Thinking in our preschool-aged children. The easy-to-use stories and engaging large and small group activities have been a wonderful learning opportunity for my teaching team and eager students. The stories took each child on adventures from the heights of space to deep shark-infested caves. I would suggest this series for any teacher helping children grow in social thinking skills and concepts!”
C.B. - Early Childhood Special Education Teacher"As an early childhood special education teacher, I have found We Thinkers! Volume 1 curriculum to offer a clear map on how to introduce various Social Thinking concepts in a fun and engaging way. It includes a variety of invaluable tools that help with planning instructional activities. The storybooks and lessons have enabled me to provide a strong foundation for social–emotional development in all children in our classroom as it not only benefits children with social-emotional delays but also community peers. Our students are using vocabulary from the curriculum and are doing so in appropriate ways that exhibit a true understanding of the Social Thinking concepts across settings and social contexts. To follow are a few quotes from our students:
Teacher Courtney, did I change your thoughts?
(Following a short discussion about a behavior problem during learning centers.)
I’m going to think with my eyes to choose a friend.
(During show and tell; his peers then waited for him to look at them before asking their question.)
Please stop. That makes me have unexpected thoughts!
(During a conflict with a peer during playtime.)
Stop talking and put your brain back in the group.
(During circle time when a peer was not attending.)”
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ProfessionBehaviorist, Mental Health (counselor, social worker, psych), Occupational Therapist (and PT), Parent, Speech Language Pathologist, Teacher (Sp.Ed. and Gen.Ed.)
AgeEarly Learners (4-7 yrs), Grades K-2
Diagnostic LabelAttention Issues (ADD/ADHD), Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Language or Learning Disability, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Social Communication Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, No Diagnosis, Other
Social Thinking & Social SkillsCommon Core & State Standards, Concepts & Frameworks, PBIS/RTI, Self Regulation, Social Responsibility & Executive Functioning, Social Academic Connection & Goal Writing, Social Emotional & Mental Health, Social Problem Solving, Social Skill Strategies
- Publisher: Think Social Publishing, Inc.
- Format: Paperback
- ISBN: 4001
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