Second Step Newsletter

September/October 2020

Starting The Year Off Right

At the start of each school year, Second Step students learn skills to help them be better learners. These skills help students to be successful at school, at home, and at life. Over the next few weeks, your child will be able to tell you about the following learning skills:

  1. Focus Attention
  2. Listen
  3. Use Self-Talk
  4. Be Assertive

In addition to exploring these skills in more detail throughout the newsletter, you will also find resources, games, songs, and activities that you and your Second Step student can do together at home.

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Focus Attention

When we focus attention, our eyes should be looking at the speaker, our ears should be listening to the speaker, and our brain should be remembering what we hear. We also need to ignore distractions and concentrate. When we focus our attention, it is respectful and helps us to be better listeners! We can practice this skill all year long...especially when our parents, sisters, brothers, or friends are talking to us!

The Learner Song - K & 1st Grade Second Step Song

Kindergarten Second Step SEL Program: "The Learner Song"

Be A Learner - 2nd & 3rd Grade Second Step Song

Be a Learner

Mind Yeti - An Exercise To Calm Your Body & Focus Attention

The Tree in the City: Listen


To be a good listener, we need to focus all our attention on the speaker, wait for our turn to speak (don't interrupt!), remember what we hear, and think of questions to ask to get more information. Listening with attention is another way to show respect!

Listening Rules for Younger Students

Students in Kindergarten and First Grade learn and practice a special set of listening rules. The rules help young learners know how to act so everyone can learn. When we follow the listening rules, we are treating others fairly and with respect.
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Freeze Dance | Freeze Song | Freeze Dance for Kids | Music for Kids | The Kiboomers
Guess the Sound Game | 20 Sounds to Guess

Use Self Talk

Using self-talk helps us to ignore distractions so we can stay focused and on task. When we use self-talk, we talk to our self in our head or in a quiet voice. Some examples of self-talk include:

"Just ignore those kids in the hallway."

"Focus on what my teacher is saying."

"Stay calm."

"I can do it."

"It's okay. This is no big deal."

When you use self-talk, you are able to stay focused, listen with attention, and be a better learner!

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Positive Self Talk

Be Assertive

Being assertive means asking for what we want or need in a respectful, calm, and firm way. When we make a request in an assertive way, we:

1. Face the person we're talking to

2. Keep our head up and shoulders back

3. Use a calm, firm voice

4. Use respectful words

Being assertive is a good way to communicate what you want or need because it's respectful, it's clear, and it keeps the situation calm.

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5 Tips to Make Assertive Communication Easier and More Effective
For more information or for questions about Second Step, please contact:

Shelby Liebegott at