Christmas is almost here. It’s the season of peace and yet the world doesn’t feel like a very peaceful place.
S.E. L. (social and emotional learning) is as important as ‘reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmatic.’ It’s a process through which children become more aware of their feelings and how to relate to others in a more peaceful way.
Children may feel left out, be angry with a parent or embarrassed by being the tallest one in class. These feelings, and so many others, are very important and should not be ignored. They may interfere with the ability to learn too.
S.E.L. acknowledges that everyone experiences a full range of emotions — positive and negative feelings. The process teaches children tools to take a step back and think when confronted with conflict. It also teaches empathy and kindness and introduces the idea of shared responsibility.
Studies have shown that there is a correlation between supporting emotional and social skills with improved outcomes in student’s lives (such as having full-time employment, receiving public assistance or being arrested as a juvenile).
S.E.L. has five goals for children:
Teaching children about personal confidence and problem solving skills – how awesome! Just reading this list gives me hope for a more peaceful world!
Wishing you a joyous holiday.