Social Emotional Learning in the Summer

Social-Emotional Learning in the Summer

 

Social-emotional learning (SEL) equips children with the tools they need to cope with life stressors, problem-solve and maintain healthy relationships. SEL helps to build these skills along with encouraging kindness and empathy. This type of learning fosters a positive and safe foundation for children to build and nurture positive relationships, whether that be with family or friends. Children are not born knowing how to handle complex emotions or express their feelings in a proper manner. SEL helps children to develop their decision-making skills, which makes them more likely to choose the better option when it comes to dealing with their emotions. This is helpful in both personal situations at home and in school.

 

Some benefits of SEL are:

  1. Reduces behavioral problems
  2. Creates a safe and positive environment for children to discuss their mental health
  3. It can lead to academic improvements
  4. Has a long term positive effect on children’s social skills
  5. Teaches children problem-solving skills
  6. Helps children to set and meet goals in the classroom
  7. Encourages empathy
  8. Teaches children teamwork and collaboration

 

SEL doesn’t only have to be practiced in the classroom. Parents can also take part in SEL at home with their children. Parents can do this by, taking care of themselves first so that they are in the mental space to promote and teach their children social-emotional learning. Parents can also work on something creative with their children, to encourage teamwork and collaboration within the home. Also, being an active listener with your child will teach them how to do the same when they are interacting with family or friends. It will show them to give the same courtesy to someone that they would like in return if they needed to be open and speak with someone. Lastly, parents can create a routine of practicing SEL daily, so it becomes a normal part of their child’s day. These are only a few ways that parents can practice SEL, but there are many more methods they can use.

Click below to learn more about social-emotional learning (SEL):

SEL Resources

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