Fairfax Early Childhood Partnership's September 5-4-3-2-1 Early Childhood Tips for Today!

Social Emotional Learning

 5 Things to Know or Do 5 Things to Know or Do

  1. Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.
  2. Social and Emotional Learning focuses on five main areas.  Self awareness is how we recognize and understand feelings.  Self-management is how we manage our emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in a safe and healthy way.  Social awareness is how we see and understand from another person’s point of view.  Relationship skills include communicating, listening, and cooperating to develop and keep healthy relationships.  Responsible-decision making means setting goals, making choices, and thinking about past experiences.
  3. Research shows that Social and Emotional Learning has a powerful impact. It can increase academic performance and decrease bullying.  It can also improve relationships between children and adults.
  4. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) occurs at all stages of  life and includes the skills needed to learn and grow. SEL is the process of developing the necessary skills to accept and talk about feelings, no matter how big or small they are. It includes strategies to help people with emotional  regulation and developing an awareness of others. Through the development of these skills, relationships develop and grow, and people are more ready to learn new skills.
  5. Support Social and Emotional Learning by establishing routines, following a schedule, and using pictures for transitions.  The things we say to each other also support SEL. It’s important to notice, acknowledge, reinforce and practice what you see and feel. For example, make a mad face and say “when I am angry, my face gets hot.”

4 Children Read Alouds 4 Children Read Alouds

3 Links to Visit 3 Links to Visit

  1. Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)
  2. Conscious Discipline
  3. Second Step

2 Points to Access Research 2 Videos to View

  1. What and Why Social-Emotional Learning? Social-Emotional Skills in School
  2. Conscious Discipline: Building Emotional Literacy and SEL Skills in Preschool

1 Video to View  1 Point to Access Research

  1. Committee For Children: Making the Case for SEL