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Elementary (Grades K-5)

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

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SEL Focus: Teaching children resilience and reflection

Teaching children resilience (Self-Management) and reflection (Self-Awareness) are the SEL topics for the second nine weeks.

The article, 10 Tips for Raising Resilient Kids by Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S., summarizes a compelling approach to raising resilient children. Resilience is not something kids are born with or born without. It is a skill that can be taught. As parents, it is not our job to always be there and/or rescue our children. It is our job to teach our children how to problem solve and figure out how they can handle challenges. Tartakovsky advocates that we provide kids with enough practice and repetition for them “to figure out what works and what doesn’t.”

Teaching kids to be reflective is also an important skill that enables children to learn from their mistakes. One way to teach kids how to be self-reflective is to provide “non-judgmental and non-emotional” feedback of the problem and ways to correct the problem. Slowing kids down and helping them reflect on past behavior allows children to become more thoughtful and self-aware. How Can We Help Kids With Self-Regulation? from Child Mind Institute reviews ways to “help kids learn to control their emotions, and resist impulsive behavior.”

 

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Resilience is not something kids are born with or born without. It is a skill that can be taught. Teaching kids to be reflective is also an important skill that enables children to learn from their mistakes...

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One way to support your child in growing into a successful adult is to teach responsible decision making.

Empathy is being able to understand and value someone else’s perspective. It’s having compassion for others even when they are different from ourselves.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focus highlights self-awareness and self-management. “There is an emerging body of research that indicates mindfulness can help children improve their abilities to calm down when they are upset and to make better decisions,” which is being self-aware.

How to practice social skills and nurture relationship-building abilities with your child in 3rd grade.

When we “make caring for others a priority and set high ethical expectations,” we are teaching our children how to be empathetic.

Unstructured play time gives children the opportunity to learn how to work with others and how to negotiate with peers.

In order to support your child in learning skills that support self-awareness/reflection, "encourage estimation and prediction skills.

Teaching your children how to play age appropriate games and encouraging play without adult interaction supports children in learning how to self-regulate.

"The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier."

Children learn self-management skills and resiliency by having the opportunity to think for themselves.

Social Emotional Learning Competencies
Social Emotional LEarning Competencies