Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Overview
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 (Casel.org).
September 8, 2020
DVUSD Parents and Guardians,
Every week, your student will be learning and practicing social and emotional skills with their teachers. Each month has a different topic of focus. For the month of September, your student is focusing on developing the important skills of building positive relationships and connecting socially, even virtually during COVID.
Positive relationships are friendships, kinships, or other social associations that provide productivity within a person’s life. Positive relationships are crucial for an individual’s happiness, productiveness, and are the foundation of a person's support system.
Ways you can help your student build positive relationships with others:
- Help your child think of ways to start a conversation
- Say hi and introduce yourself
- Ask other person what is his/her favorite color, food, game, or hobby
- Ask other person about his/her family and pets
- Model how to listen and take turns talking
- Teach them phrases like, “Wow that’s interesting” or, “That’s cool” to show active listening
- Practice saying positive and kind things to others, such as compliments and gratitude
- Teach your child about noticing body language and giving personal space to others
Ways your child can connect socially with others during COVID:
- Set up a virtual play date using FaceTime, Zoom, What’s App, Caribu, Marco Polo
- Gather their friends for a Game Night using Pogo, Let’s Play Uno, Pokemon Go
- Host a movie night and have the friends watch it together on Netflix Party or Two Seven
- Parade Drive-Bys: Set up a time for friends to drive by your house to say hi and honk, etc
- Neighborhood Scavenger Hunt or I Spy: Have neighbors put something in their windows and doors for kids to find, such as a rainbow, heart, peace sign, etc
- Mail letters and/or drawings to friends and family: Teach your children how to write a letter and address an envelope
Ask your children what they have been learning about connections and positive relationships over the last weeks of school. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you feel your child needs support with social and emotional needs. We have compiled several resources for our DVUSD families here.
Have a great week!
The DVUSD SEL Team