The World is changing
Social challenges are increasingly complex. How are we preparing our children for this world of change? In this new environment, the skills of social and emotions matter more than ever.
Social and Social challenges helps us build authentic relationships, understand problems through the perspectives of others, and create meaningful solutions. The faster we master social and emotional Competency, the faster we can shape a world where problems no longer outrun solutions.
" FEELINGS ARE MENTIONABLE & MANAGEABLE "
- Fred Rogers (Mr.Rogers' neighborhood) -
- Academic Achievement
- Relationship Skills
- Social Thinking
- Growth Mindset
- Inappropreate and Challenge Behaviors
- Academic Stress
- Social Anxiety
- Peer Rejection
Our emotions are part of us. Learning how to identify and express feelings is a fundamental aspect of social and emotional development. It is an important step towards other skills like getting along with others, demonstrating kindness towards others and responding to difficult feelings or situations. In this activity, children will learn to identify and express their feelings. Also, they will be encouraged to communicate their feelings in different situations and learn how to deal with difficult feelings. Children will go on a feeling eggs hunt. There will be feeling faces hiding in the eggs. When the children gather all of the eggs, they will take turns cracking them open and let the fun with the feelings begin. They will be asked to name the feelings and act out little scenarios that explore the feelings. To expand their exploration of feelings, the children will be asked how they
might "cope" or "deal" with some of the more uncomfortable feelings such as anger, sadness, etc. Don't forget to emphasize that all feelings are okay, it's what we do with them that counts.
Being kind is something that children can be taught. In this activity, children will learn to demonstrate
kindness, treat others respectfully and do their best to help everyone to be safe and comfortable. The activity begins by talking about how to be kind to others. Paper hearts will be given to the children. Then, we read a story to the children. Each time someone in the story is unkind to the main character, the children have to crumple up the paper hearts as their hearts hurt. Every time someone does something nice, the children will try their best to smooth the paper hearts out. By the end of the story, the hearts are still wrinkled but they are healing. The children will learn the connection between words, actions and feelings. Our hearts feel wrinkled sometimes when we don't like what someone says.
Words do hurt, so think before you speak.