This year Immanuel Lutheran Preschool has been excited to implement the Second Step curriculum!
The Second Step curriculum is a social-emotional learning curriculum that is highly researched with proven efficiency rates. Social-emotional learning (SEL) 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.
We have been inspired to implement this sequential and developmentally appropriate curriculum in the classroom because social-emotional learning gives students the tools to be successful, not only in the classroom—but in life! Students learn how to control their own emotions and actions, communicate more effectively, as well as learn how to collaborate and work together with their peers to have positive outcomes. These skills are not just classroom skills, but tools that will help students as they grow, mature, and join the workforce!
So far this year the preschool children have had lessons that teach them how to introduce themselves, that give them a framework for positive listening behaviors, develop self-talk skills, practice following directions, increase their vocabulary and ability to identify and name emotions, as well as teach them techniques to deal with anger. These tools help children to be academically successful in the classroom as well as create a fun and positive classroom environment. However, beyond that children will benefit throughout their lives because of these life-long skills.
It is exciting to know that we are helping children learn tools and techniques that allow them to identify their emotions and manage them more effectively, work with others to solve problems, and communicate more effectively. What a powerful and wonderful opportunity we have been blessed with that we can help children to be great students and be well-equipped as the next generation of servant-leaders!
- Cheryl Gilbert, Early Childhood Director & Teacher