Social Emotional Learning
SEE uses the Second Step Early Learning program (Second Step, n.d.) for the social-emotional component of the curriculum. This program consists of 5 units centered around essential social-emotional skills for young learners:
- Skills for Learning
- Emotion Management
- Friendship Skills and Problem Solving
- Transitioning to Kindergarten
Second Step is integral to SEE by encouraging children to explore these social emotional skills through different avenues such as storytelling, songs, games and group activities. Children participate in these skill-building activities while also learning how to create and maintain positive relationships with friends and educators. Incorporating social emotional learning in this way allows children to become better equipped for emotion regulation, problem solving, and for overall academic and social success.