This year, my class will be spending a lot of time on social-emotional learning. Social-emotional learning (SEL), as defined by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) is “the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”
Each day we will have a designated morning meeting time when we focus on social-emotional learning.
As a part of our morning meetings, I plan to read lots of books that will facilitate rich and meaningful discussions that will strengthen their social-emotional skills .
Children’s books are an excellent resource to teach your children social-emotional skills such as manners, identifying emotions, bravery, problem-solving, and dealing with disappointment. I will be using these books during our daily morning meetings. I have noticed a big need for social-emotional learning. My goal is to focus a lot more on building the children's social-emotional skills.
I researched the best read aloud books for developing social-emotional skills and these are the books I found.
Many of these books were on multiple different website lists, specifically We're All Wonders, Jabari Jumps, and The Bad Seed. These social-emotional books will encourage empathy, kindness, and help kids think about grief and anger.
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