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Practicing SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) at Home

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Our Junior Social-Emotional-Learning (SEL) program covers five components: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and decision making.

Junior students have been practicing SEL skills at school. Here are some ways that you can help support skill development at home over the holidays!

All Junior classes use Zones of Regulation, a cognitive behavioural approach to help teach kids self-awareness and self-regulation. This approach uses four colours to represent feelings and emotions. The goal is to help students identify what “zone” they are in to assist them in problem-solving and implementing strategies they can use to move to the “green zone,” a state where students are calm, alert, and ready to work. Here is a sample of a poster that would be in a classroom along with strategies you can practice at home.

The Grade 2-4‘s have been working on Superhero brains, adapted from Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social Thinking. The intention is to support our students in promoting self-regulation, and perspective taking, specifically social thinking/skills. Join your child in being a superhero by practicing this superhero 3 step solution to fight the villains!

Our Grade 5 students have been learning about the Possibility Game. In this game, students are encouraged to think about many different reasons why different social interactions may have occurred. This game also allows students to consider the other person’s perspective and what they may be feeling. Please read this outline for the possibility game that is a fun exercise to try over the break with your children!

Next term, the Grade 6 students will be creating and presenting assemblies covering different virtues and character traits. We look forward to sharing this with you in the new year!

We hope you enjoy implementing these SEL skills in your home!