What is SEL?
Social emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which boys and girls and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary for being a healthy adult. This includes problem-solving skills and communication and understanding, as well as teaching kids to embrace diversity and build healthy relationships that will last well into adulthood.
Harmony Social & Emotional Learning
How does SEL benefit students?
Perform 13% better academically
Experience fewer conduct problems, emotional distress, and drug use
Graduate from high school and college at higher rates
Are less likely to experience mental health disorders
Are less likely to be involved in the juvenile justice system
Sanford Harmony is a social-emotional teaching program that cultivates supportive and respectful relationships and is designed to build healthy relationships among students. Over the course of the five units:
Diversity and Inclusion • Critical Thinking • Communication • Problem Solving • Peer Relationships
students will participate in engaging activities designed to enhance their abilities to learn, work, and spend time together.
Harmony at Home
Follow the links to finds activities to do at home. These activities are aligned with what your child is learning in SEL in both the blended and remote classes.
Unit 1- Diversity & Inclusion
Unit 2- Empathy & Critical Thinking
Unit 3 -Communication**
Unit 4- Problem Solving
Unit 5-Peer Relationships
Tips & Additional SEL Resources for Families
https://ny.pbslearningmedia.org/subjects/preschool/social-and-emotional-development/- Age-appropriate videos and activities that encourage the development of positive peer and adult interactions and to manage self-expression and inner feelings Grades K-2, 3-5
https://www.gonoodle.com/for-families/- a website that engages kids in movement and mindfulness activities that are designed to promote physical wellness, academic success, and social-emotional health. Grades K-2, 3-5
https://gcsnccom-my.sharepoint.com/:w:/g/personal/rogowss_gcsnc_com/ET5YV108g5pOsGjV9oy9kSUBB8KT-noqbaAM2AcTapiWzA?e=mzbaCB- lists several activities that will allow practice skills for recognizing and managing emotions. Grades K-2, 3-5
https://www.journalbuddies.com/?s=Prompts- Daily writing in a relaxed format provides a non-threatening way to be able to explore different thoughts, ideas, topics and feelings without being concerned about audience presentation. Journal Buddies list ideas for prompts to help your child. Grades K-2, 3-5
https://www.playworks.org/resource/34-conversation-starters-for-your-family/ - Family conversations are a great way to make connections and check in with each other. It allows family members to develop perspectives, family culture, respect for each other and problem-solving skills. Conversation Starters for Families list questions to help get you and your family started on this. Grades K-2, 3-5
https://www.understood.org/en/school-learning/learning-at-home/games-skillbuilders/social-emotional-activities-for-children- This site describes five social-emotional learning games to play with your children to help them learn to manage their emotions and work on social skills. Grades K-2, 3-5
https://confidentparentsconfidentkids.org/ - A research-based site for parents actively supporting kids' social and emotional development. Grades 3-5
https://www.commonsensemedia.org/lists/meditation-apps-for-kids?j=7698356&sfmc_sub=179466459&l=2048712_HTML&u=143332603&mid=6409703&jb=2163&utm_source=covid19_resources_jim&utm_medium=email -Meditation Apps for Kids- Mindfulness. Grades 3-5