Social-Emotional Curriculum Giveaway!

Hello there!

My school district has made some changes into the kindergarten entrance birth date. Ten years ago when my now-high-schooler entered kindergarten she was only 4 and cut-off date was in December. After several years moving this date sooner, a child must be five by September in order to enter kindergarten. This was done for several reasons, but the reason that played the most impact was the maturity level of the students. Most of them were academically ready for kinder, although they were emotionally immature. With all the rigorous and new standards for kindergarten, teachers spent most of their time focusing on the social-emotional development of the students.

In PreK, besides teaching academics, our main focus is the social-emotional development of the child. Teaching them how to be a good friend, how to be respectful, and how to be safe when working and playing.

I will introduce a social-emotional learning curriculum that does just that : SecondStep Social-Emotional Skills for Early Learning. This curriculum offers tons and tons of information and materials to have your early learners ready for their biggest milestone yet .... kindergarten!

I was generously given an entire curriculum to use in my classroom. It is amazing! We love the picture cards, the boy and girl multicultural puppets, the posters, the songs, and the Brain Builders!
My favorite part of this curriculum are the Brain Builder Games.  Brain builders are super fun games designed to build's children's ability to self-regulate - managing their emotions and behaviors. It involves executive-function skills, attentive listening, focus development, self-talk, and following directions. The games can be played with a large group or small group of children.

The teacher's guide will guide you step by step with an overview of the game, the steps to teach each Brain Builder, and the game cards for each game. It offers suggested movements and it can accommodate different learners due to the challenging variations.

I personally love to play the Brain Builders right after recess, when we are transitioning from our playground back to the classroom. The games have helped my students feel calmer after active play and exercise, and they are beginning to feel more aware of their heartbeat speed. This has become an important part in our routine. Transitions are running smoother because my students have their attention on me waiting for the Brain Builder we'll do.

Would you like to try brain builders in the classroom??? I'd bet you do! 
Enter the giveaway for the opportunity to 
win a Second Step  
Early Learning classroom kit.

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  1. What's your classroom's social-emotional challenge? I have noticed more and more autistic or emotionally challenged students. I think this would help me reach those students and how to handle their emotions.

    1. Absolutely! My school district has noticed this also and we're opening 6 more SpEd inclusion classrooms for next year.

  2. My class socio-economic challenge is that most of them come from very low socio-economic backgrounds which has resulted in most of them having limited vocabulary development as well as poor social interaction with others as they have not went to prek.

    1. I serve a low-income community who over 90% of its population is Spanish speaker. Limited Spanish-only vocabulary is one of my struggles as well.

  3. I used second step in the past when it was in one box with black and white pictures and a cassette tape. I had so much success with this program when I taught kindergarten. I would love to win one to use with my preschoolers and their families. Thanks for sharing this great product.

    1. I just recently discovered it, and I'm loving it. My school district already has a social-emotional curriculum for us to implement, yet this is a great supplement for it!

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