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Spencer Trail
Kindergarten
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Mrs. Hillstrom
Social Worker - Spencer Trail
ahillstrom@nlsd122.org

What is Second Step?

The elementary years (Kindergarten through Grade 5) bring exciting new challenges and opportunities. It’s the prime time to nurture social and emotional awareness and skills for learning. The research-based Second Step program includes everything needed to make it easy for teachers to integrate social-emotional learning into their classrooms, which decreases problem behaviors and increases whole-school success by promoting self-regulation, safety, and support. 

Lesson Topics

UNIT 1

Skills For Learning 
  • Learning to Listen
  • Focusing Attention
  • Following Directions
  • Self-Talk for Staying on Task
  • Being Assertive
UNIT 2
Empathy
  • Feelings
  • More Feelings
  • Identifying Anger
  • Same or Different?
  • Accidents
  • Caring and Helping
UNIT 3
Emotion Management
  • We Feel Feelings in Our Bodies 
  • Managing Frustration
  • Calming Down Strong Feelings
  • Handling Waiting
  • Managing Anger
  • Managing Disappointment
  • Handling Being Knocked Down
UNIT 4
Problem Solving
  • Solving Problems 
  • Inviting to Play
  • Fair Ways to Play
  • Having Fun with Our Friends
  • Handling Having Things Taken Away
  • Handling Name-Calling
  • Reviewing Second Step Skills

 

Why is it important to teach social-emotional learning?

Most schools have been teaching social-emotional learning (SEL) for years. But now the term is working its way into the public consciousness—and even business leaders are acknowledging the importance of SEL in the workplace. However, there are some broad (and, in some cases, erroneous) definitions out there. To learn more about SEL, what it looks like in the classroom, and how it’s relevant to business, read on.

 

What SEL Is 

  • Recognizing emotions in oneself and others
  • Managing strong emotions
  • Having empathy for others
  • Controlling impulses
  • Communicating clearly and assertively
  • Maintaining cooperative relationships
  • Making responsible decisions
  • Solving problems effectively
At Spencer Trail
At Spencer Trail School, these lessons are led by the school social worker and school psychologist.  The lessons will be 25-30 minutes and will begin in November then end in February.   


Website for more information

http://www.cfchildren.org/second-step/elementary/kindergarten