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Parents’ Choice Summer School: Social-Emotional Learning


Social-Emotional Learning

Mastering social-emotional skills is far more than selecting the right emojis.

Our friends at Zero to Three describe social-emotional skills as “Making friends. Showing anger in a healthy way. Figuring out conflicts peacefully. Taking care of someone who has been hurt. Waiting patiently. Following rules. Enjoying the company of others.”

Social-emotional learning doesn’t happen all at once. Young children master these skills in small steps over time. Preschool TV shows like Daniel Tiger and Sesame Street offer age-appropriate and often charming lessons. As children get older, social emotional learning continues, and the skills become important in different ways.

Look below for articles from publications such as, Fast Company, The Atlantic, and The New York Times that offer history, perspective, and value of mastering social-emotional skills.

In the News

Click here to read about the Psychological Approach to Educating Kids.

Click here to read To Help Students Learn, Engage the Emotions.

Click here to read about how Boston Public Schools received a grant to teach kids social and emotional skills.

Click here to read Can Gratitude Make Our Society More Trusting?

Click here to watch how Thousands of ‘Buddy Benches’ Help Thousands of Lonely Kids Find Friends.

Click here for How Sesame Street Taught Kids About Emotions Long Before Schools Caught On.

Random Acts of Kindness

With these two Renegade Made kits, the message is even better than the medium. The Random Acts of Flowers craft kit teaches children, and adults, the importance of random acts of kindness, as well as the idea that it is the impact of the kindness, not the recognition for doing so, is what matters. Using the enclosed supplies, kids craft tissue paper flowers to anonymously give away and share a kindness.

The Sidewalk Chalk Tagging Kit pledges users to kindness and altruism, using the sidewalk tagging kit to spread messages of kindness and goodwill.


If you’re in the Northeast, be sure to visit the Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT. Their exhibit  “Express Yourself” uses art, music, cooperative games and more to help children and families practice expressing themselves and exploring their own emotions.

Director of Exhibit Design and Delivery, Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill says – “We want to give parents, caregivers and educators information, tips and tools that help encourage positive behavior as well as convey the importance of social-emotional learning in a fun, engaging and relevant way.”

Tools for Parents

The Parent Toolkit website, produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson, is a great resource for almost all aspects of child development. Their Social & Emotional Development section covers topics such as, Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Awareness and Relationships.


From her Parents’ Choice Award winning album Feel What You Feel, musician Lisa Loeb is debuting the music video for It’s All Right to Cry”, featuring Craig Robinson. Watch here!

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