Welcome Back MSDWT Families!
Social Emotional Learning Edition 2020
"With great adversity, comes great OPPORTUNITY!"
Join us as we enter this unique year filled with a positive mindset and build resilient communities!
This newsletter provides:
- Overview of SEL in MSDWT
- SEL supports for home
- Additional ways to learn more and engage!
What is Social Emotional Learning?
What is SEL in my child's classroom?
Second Step Curriculum
These are explicit lessons taught daily and support Social Emotional learning skills during students' Live Virtual Morning Meetings. This is rooted in the Responsive Classroom Framework which is a core philosophy in all K-12 MSDWT schools.
When school resumes these lessons will continue in person.
Second Step "Home Links" may be provided by your classroom teacher to support these skills at home.
In addition SEL skills are practiced and reinforced throughout the school day by teacher virtually and in person beyond the morning meeting!
Want to Learn More?
SEL At Home
Neuroscience tells us, although the brain functions as a whole there are 3 states...
There are experiences we can foster at home to support each brain state!
Conscious Discipline Dr. Becky Bailey 2014
At Home Strategies
Survival State: "Am I Safe?"
- Regulate the body with experiences that calm the senses (music, tactile tools, soft pillows, dim lighting, scents, healthy foods, exercise)
- Consistent Predictable Routines
- Practice DEEP BREATHING together!
Emotional State: "Am I Loved?"
- Physically connect with your child with hugs, kisses and snuggles to build attachment and comfort
- Build in time for free play, alone silent reading or rest time and interactive time together such as a family-board games, drawing, reading aloud, etc.
- Limit screen time to age appropriate levels and provide opportunities to interact together as a family
- Limit your own screen time and social media consumption to allow yourself to be present
Executive State: "What Can I Learn From This?"
However, we can model RESILIENCE to our children to learn and reflect from these experiences together!
We have the POWER to choose how we RESPOND and our kids are WATCHING!
Reach out to learn more!
i work with teachers, students and school leaders at all schools to support SEL in our classrooms.
I love to collaborate with PTO, family groups and individuals to support this important work for our classrooms, schools and wider community!