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Second Step Home Link-September 2018

Second Step Overview

The Second Step program increases kids’ school success and decreases problem behaviors by teaching them skills for learning—such as paying attention, listening, and sitting still—as well as how to manage their emotions, solve problems, and make friends. All these skills help kids do better in school and in life.


Second Step lessons include fun Brain Builder games, opportunities to practice skills, puppets, and songs.


We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach these critical skills.


The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:


1. Skills for Learning


2. Empathy


3. Emotion Management


4. Problem Solving

Home Links

Your child will be learning a lot this year—and he or she will need your help! Throughout the year, your child may be bringing home Home Links that go with several of the Second Step lessons. You can also access the Home Links through this monthly Second Step newsletter. Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows.

Access Online Content

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


ELE and Pre-K: SSPE FAMI LY68

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

September Second Step Lessons

All Leander ISD students will grow his/her Skills for Learning through several lessons during the month of September. 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.


Kindergarten: Learning to Listen, Focusing Attention, Following Directions, Self-Talk for Staying on Task

Grade 1: Listening to Learn, Focusing Attention, Following Directions, Self-Talk for Learning

Grade 2: Being Respectful, Focusing Attention and Listening, Using Self-Talk, Being Assertive

Grade 3: Being Respectful Learners, Using Self-Talk, Being Assertive, Planning to Learn

Grade 4: Empathy and Respect, Listening with Attention, Being Assertive, Respecting Similarities and Differences

Grade 5: Empathy and Respect, Listening with Attention, Being Assertive, Predicting Feelings