ACTIVITIES THAT FOCUS ON SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines social and emotional learning (SEL) as the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities (self-awareness), manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals (self-management), feel and show empathy for others (social awareness), establish and maintain supportive relationships (relationship skills), and make responsible and caring decisions (responsible decision-making). Hundreds of studies that show SEL leads to beneficial outcomes related to: social and emotional skills; attitudes about self, school, and social topics; social behaviors; conduct problems; emotional distress; and academic performance. Early Childhood Partners CFCE integrates SEL throughout our curricula and culture, and through ongoing collaboration with our families and community organizations. Here's how you can practice SEL at home!
- Download The "Joyful ABC Activity Booklets" series from the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The Joyful ABC Activity Booklet series invites caregivers and educators to support children’s positive identity development while also growing their language and literacy skills with activities, museum objects, and new words. Learn more about the series and download all the available activity booklets for early learners ages 3 - 5 and infants and toddlers HERE.
- Think of five people you would like to send kind wishes to.
- Squeeze and let go, tensing different muscles in the body for 5 seconds and then slowly releasing.
- Hold one finger in front of your mouth. First, smell the flower. Then, blow out the candle.
- Use a happy moment to 'soak in the good' by pausing with your child to observe the pleasant physical and emotional feelings present.
- Practice gratitude by going back and forth with your child to name as many things possible that you are grateful for.
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- Try "Teddy Bear Belly Breathing" aka "Breathing Buddies"
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- Find a space at a window. Look at everything there is to see. Pay attention to the movement of the grass or leaves in the breeze. Notice the many different shapes present in your view. Be observant.
- Get a handful of raisins. Pretend that you have never seen a raisin before. Examine the raisin's appearance. How do they look? Feel? Smell? Taste? What did you notice?
- Do your Alphabreaths! The Story Time regulars know all about this!
- Create Your Own Feeling Words Book
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- Take regular "Brain Breaks". Get moving with GoNoodle and Mindful Movement!
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- Check out GoNoodleFlow and Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube
- PBS Kids
- Zero To Three
- Here are some PBS KIDS videos you can watch with your child to practice deep breathing together:
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