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How does de Muyshondt get through to her youngest students? By acting things out.

"Role-playing is incredibly powerful," she says. "It’s kind of like a science experiment. You can teach a kid how a volcano erupts, but when you show them how it erupts, it is a much more meaningful lesson."

One of her most popular activities requires adults to act out different scenarios with children (e.g. walking in a room and saying nothing, walking in a room and giving short answers, walking in a room and having a conversation), and then asking the child to describe how they felt in each instance. In doing so, kids are able to actually see the impact actions have on others. If you're feeling very determined, de Muyshondt suggests videoing the scenes so you can reinforce the lesson later.

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