SEL Online Resources for Grades K-2
Growth Mindset Read Alouds
Growth mindset is believing hard work, facing challenges & taking risks is the path to becoming your best! Educators say Read Alouds like ours encourage growth mindset in a big way!
Mindfulness Read Alouds
Read Alouds for Kids focused on mindfulness & growing emotionally aware and strong kids who can overcome fear, anxiety and/or selfishness while building self-confidence and thoughtfulness.
Incorporate "PDF" into your Daily Routine
One mantra I often share with parents is the importance of PDF — which stands for Playtime, Downtime, and Family time. Research on protective factors for teens shows that engaging in PDF every day can support better mental and physical health. Playtime for teens means unstructured time for social interactions and playing informal sports, games, and other activities for fun. Structured extracurricular activities are great and can lead to positive development, but kids also need time for unstructured play, as well as downtime where they can relax and rejuvenate, and time with family — approximately 20 minutes per day, five times a week — where they are eating together or participating in family activities such as game nights or service projects. Protecting PDF for kids isn’t easy, but we know that it is effective.
Excerpt from Thrive Global article by Dr. Denise Pope.
Download these handouts for more practical ideas on how to support PDF for Teens, Elementary-aged kids, and Pre-schoolers.
Home Learning Assignment Ideas
When I work with teachers and in the curriculum classes that I teach, we’re always trying to come up with ideas to get students more engaged in a way that also makes the lessons more rigorous. Project-based learning is a good way to do that. It will depend on the age, the student, and their interest, but there are lots of ways to encourage a deep dive into something kids are really excited about. Here are a few ideas:
1. Create their own video tutorials on something they love to do and include some background research.
2. Research the process for making chocolate or other favorite foods.
3. Interview an older relative or neighbor to explore their life history or their family tree.
4. Run an experiment on throwing a baseball (or other action your student is interested in) to figure out the physics behind the action.
Excerpt from Stanford News interview with Dr. Denise Pope, Stanford Scholar Offers Ideas to Upgrade Lessons for Kids at Home during Coronavirus School Closures