Here at Elevo, we pride ourselves on implementing social-emotional learning into our lives whenever we can to set the best example for the students we serve. Yet, SEL doesn’t stop when your child checks out of our program for the day. Strong SEL skills are built and maintained at home.
Families and educators are partners in every child’s social and emotional development, and should work together to help reinforce the skills they learn with Elevo. Here are five ways to keep SEL going at home using the CASEL framework. You’ll help to set them up for a lifetime of success.
1. Self-Awareness: Help Them Identify Their Emotions
One of the biggest challenges many young children face is putting a name to whatever emotion they may be feeling. If they’re struggling to explain how they’re doing, they might be more easily able to express their emotions through drawing, a facial expression, or creative movement. This helps them become more self-aware as they process how they feel.
2. Self-Management: Establish Routines with Intention
Children need stability, so creating intentional routines that ground them and give them something to look forward to is essential. Social emotional learning can also be built into these routines. Ask your student to share their favorite Mindful Moments with you each morning, or have discussions with them about our SEL skill of the week.
3. Social Awareness: Share Your Gratitude
The smallest actions can have the biggest impact. By encouraging your child to find something they are grateful for, they will be able to find appreciation for what matters. Plus, your student will move forward with an attitude of gratitude.
4. Relationship Skills: Engage in Active Listening
A lot of times, children just want to be heard. So, as they express themselves, ask them questions, listen actively, and make eye contact while validating what they’re saying and how they’re feeling. Answer their questions appropriately. Teaching them to converse and listen in this way will help them learn to practice self-compassion and have empathy for others.
5. Responsible Decision-Making: Solve Problems Together
Decision-making and problem-solving are large parts of social-emotional learning. By approaching problems with your student, you can model a solution-oriented mindset for them. This will also help your child see you as someone they can go to for help at any time.
Helping to reinforce social-emotional learning off campus may seem daunting at first, but it’s crucial to build it into your student’s routines. Use these tips to create an open and honest dialogue about emotions, mindfulness, and gratitude.