Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

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    This month is #DecemberKindness and Action for Happiness is reminding us that even the smallest acts of kindness can really turn a day around or make a frown turn to a smile. Kindness is contagious and with 2021 coming to an end, finish the year strong and do something kind for someone. Time and attention doesn't cost money and those who are close to you will appreciate the moments you spend with them.

    #DecemberKindness Quote of the Month:

    "No act of kindess,

    no matter how small,

    is ever wasted."

    - Aesop

#DecemberKindness 2021 Weekly Activity Guide

  • Week #1: Action for Happiness Calendar 

    Week #2: Kindness Tree

    Create a tree and have kids make leaves or hearts and on them, then write random acts of kindness or good deeds on those leaves or hearts. View the Houston PBS page for more information and ideas for the tree.

    Week #3: Kindness Bingo

    Download, print, and use these 30 different BINGO cards that list small and large acts of kindness that students may have done in 2021. Cards can be laminated for durability and safety and be wiped down after each use. Ensure to print a second set in order to draw blocks out of a hat or call randomly.  Upon getting a BINGO, have the kid share how they felt after the acts of kindness.

    Week #4: Kindness Notes

    Teach kids how to write positive notes of gratitude to friends and family. Encourage kids to be specific in their praise, to show the recipient they were seen and heard. For inspirational ideas or examples of what to write, view the Woo! Kids Activities page.

    Week #5: Plan A Year of Kindness

    Help kids plan goals around how they can create kindness moments all year long. Have kids brainstorm then plan how they can show kindness throughout the year. Examples of small acts of kindness for all ages are:

    • Give someone a thoughtful gift (it does not have to be expensive)
    • Hold the door open for someone
    • Write someone a thank you note
    • Send someone an email just to say hello
    • Call a friend or family member for no reason other than to chat
    • Pay the toll for the driver behind you
    • Pay for someone’s groceries at the grocery store
    • Buy someone a cup of coffee
    • Let someone cut in in traffic
    • Help a driver in need fix a flat tire or in some other way

    For more ideas, view the Skilled at Life page.

#DecemberKindness Action for Happiness Calendar

  • Action for Happiness calendar

SEL Video of the Month: The Power of Kindness - with Dr. Kelli Harding

  • What is Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and how can I be part of this?

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • What is Social-Emotional Learning and why does it matter?

    Per CASEL, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) reflects the critical role of positive relationships and emotional connections in the learning process and helps students develop a range of skills they need for school and life.SEL Framework by CASEL

SEL Resources

  • I Am Poem Template

  • As the pandemic continues, kids are turning to meditation to manage anxiety

  • SEL skills include the ability to:

    •  set and achieve positive goals
    •  feel and show empathy for others
    •  establish and maintain positive relationships
    •  make responsible decisions
    •  understand and manage emotions


    All of these skills are necessary—both for educators and students—to function well in the classroom, in the community, and in college and careers.

    Visit the CASEL Interactive SEL Framework to learn more about the CASEL Wheel  (above)

Previous Monthly Themes

  • November 2021 - #NewWaysNovember

  • October 2021 - #OptimisticOctober

  • September 2021 - Self-care September!