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Second Step Home Link-November 2018

Emotion Management

This month, our Elementary Second Step theme is emotion management. We will be prompting students to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, and we will be reminding them to use their Second Step skills to calm down:

· Stop—Use your signal

· Name your feeling

· Calm down: Breathe, count, use positive self-talk

These skills help students calm down strong emotions when faced with learning and social challenges, which helps them succeed academically and get along well with others.

Second Step lessons specifically teach about calming down strong emotions such as anger, disappointment, frustration, and anxiety.

Please tell your child’s teacher or counselor if you have questions about how you can help your child learn to calm down at home.


November Second Step Lessons

All Leander ISD students will grow his/her ability to Manage Emotions through several lessons during the month of November. Below you will find this month's Home Links that describe why managing strong emotions is important and include fun activities to do with your child to help him or her identify strong feelings and calm down. We hope the Home Links will give you tools to use together when your child is upset.

Click on each lesson to view the available Home Link activities. Please note, due to specific campus events, some campuses may not be covering all of these lessons this month.

Pre-K: More Feelings, Identifying Anger, Same or Different Feelings

Kindergarten: Identifying Anger, Same or Different, Accidents

Grade 1: Similarities and Differences, Feelings Change, Accidents

Grade 2: Respecting Different Preferences, Showing Compassion, Predicting Feelings

Grade 3: Accepting Differences, Showing Compassion, Making Friends

Grade 4: Joining In, Showing Compassion, Introducing Emotion Management

Grade 5: Responding with Compassion, Introducing Emotion Management, Calming Down

Family Conversation Starters

Below are a few examples of questions you can ask your student about what they are learning in class this month.

You can also access the year long set of questions for Kindergarten students here. These can be printed, cut a part, and placed in a container for students and parents to take turns drawing out questions and allowing students to answer the questions.

Conversation Starters for 1st-5th grade students will be in next month's newsletter. Stay tuned!

Access Online Content

Use the grade level activation key listed below at www.secondstep.org to access videos and get more information about what your student is learning.


Kindergarten: SSPK FAMI LY70

Grade 1: SSP1 FAMI LY71

Grade 2: SSP2 FAMI LY72

Grade 3: SSP3 FAMI LY73

Grade 4: SSP4 FAMI LY74

Grade 5: SSP5 FAMI LY75