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"A FRIEND IN ME" By Carol Green situations from the storybook. There is always discussion of what and how things could have been done differently. One of the most important ways to teach social skills is to model the appropriate ones. If we as adults model appropriate behavior, our children will follow. All of our classes teach children the ability to understand non-verbal communication. This skill helps improve students? understanding of different feelings and perspectives. We as teachers also model difficult feelings, such as frustration, and the ?calm-down? strategies we can use. This modeling helps the children learn to control themselves in difficult situations. Through the use of modeling, stories, role-playing, and explicit skill instruction, the focus on social-emotional learning at the preschool level is a main focus of the day. It is through this learning that we help to ensure that our Andover students will grow up to be strong members of the community.