• Join us each month for a new theme and activities to work with your students! This month's theme is #Self-CareSeptember

    #SEL Day 2023: https://selday.org/

     As you begin a new program year filled curiosity and excitement, pause, and take a minute and remember, an empty tank will take you NOWHERE. Take time to refuel, and practice #Self-CareSeptember. 

    #Self-CareSeptember Quote of the Month:

    "Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love. "


    — Brené Brown 

  • Week 1: Action for Happiness Calendar #Self-CareSeptember 

    Self-Care the practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health. There are many reasons that self-care is important. Research shows that self-care helps to keep you healthy, helps you recharge and helps to improve your overall well-being. 


    Week 2: Mindful Active Exercise 

    Activities like yoga, meditation, walks and outdoor games can all promote movement and physical well-being, while also focusing on mindfulness and reflection. Follow a YouTube video for yoga or meditation—or make up your own! Try out GoNoodle for free. Just log-on to https://app.gonoodle.com/login?source=GNlogin for a free educator or parent account. GoNoodle has free age/developmental yoga videos that are easy to follow. Also, you can try out Sanford Fit https://fit.sanfordhealth.org/ for free mindfulness activity cards.

    Week 3: Journaling

    Journaling is a very effective way to release stress and express emotions. The habit of journaling allows for mindful moments and self-reflection. Teach youth how to journal with short, thought-provoking prompts. Use loose-leaf paper and dedicate a folder to the journal entries or ask your students to bring a journal from home. Once they get into the habit of writing, use mindful prompts to encourage reflection. You can also put on music and journal alongside them to encourage them! Make sure they know that their journals are a private space for them to write about their feelings.  

    Here are some mindful journaling prompts to help get them started: 

    What’s an activity that makes you feel happy? How often do you get to do this activity? 

    Write about a time when you felt sad. What made you feel better? 

    What are your favorite things about yourself? Why? 

    What’s something you like to do but don’t have a lot of time for? How can you make time for it? 

    Think of a person, character, show, or movie that makes you laugh. 

    What about it makes you smile or laugh? How does it make you feel? 

    What are three things, big or small, that you’re thankful for in your life? 

    When you have a bad day, what are some things that make it better? 

    Week 4: Mindful Hands-on Craft Projects  

    Arts and crafts, especially painting, molding, or coloring, are great opportunities for relaxation, stress release, and expression through art. Put on relaxing music in the background and spend time creating art!  Download and print free coloring pages for kids. 

    Week 5: Positive Affirmations List  

    Kids and young adults can use a positive affirmation list by reading the words to themselves or out loud, discussing how they might help, and identifying which phrases would work best. Help students create a positive affirmation list. This activity can be done as a whole class activity or students can create an individual list.  

    Here are a few positive affirmations to get you started: 

    There is no one better to be than myself. 

    I am enough. 

    I get better every single day. 

    I am an amazing person. 

    I can work through my problems. 

    Today I am a leader. 

    I forgive myself for my mistakes. 

    My challenges help me grow. 

    I am perfect just the way I am. 

    My mistakes help me learn and grow. 

    Today is going to be a great day. 

    I have courage and confidence. 

    I can control my own happiness. 

    I have people who love and respect me. 

    I stand up for what I believe in. 

    I believe in my goals and dreams. 

    It’s okay not to know everything. 

    Today I choose to think positive. 


SEL Video of the Month

  • 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

  • May 2023 - #MeaningfulMay

  • April 2023 - #ActiveApril

  • March 2023 - #MindfulMarch

  • February 2023 - #FriendlyFebruary

  • January 2023 — #HappierJanuary

  • December 2022 – #DoGoodDecember

  • November 2022 - #NewWaysNovember

  • October 2022 - #OptimisticOctober

  • September 2022 - #Self-CareSeptember

  • August 2022 - #AltruisticAugust

  • July 2022 - #JumpBackUpJuly

  • June 2022 - #JoyfulJune

  • May 2022 - #MeaningfulMay

  • April 2022 - #ActiveApril

  • March 2022 - #MindfulMarch