Social Emotional Learning Books – SEL is Shaping Kindness, Friendship and Individuality in Schools
By Lisa Caprelli
As I’ve been doing author visits and developing meaningful relationships on the subject of social emotional learning I have come to discover that thanks to research and developing confident, bold and self-accepting children, we all are in this together.
I am an inquisitive mind by nature. Being the shy, introverted girl that people find hard to believe, I have grown up believing the way we communicate at an early age is important and can have a lifelong impact.
My friends who are psychologists or educators in the schools, such as principals, librarians, the feedback is overwhelming: schools are WANTING more books that have lessons incorporating social emotional learning and development at an early age.
“We just read your book, Unicorn Jazz, as our morning read and may I say how much my daughter loves it. It has three of our favorite things:
(1) Message: loving the skin you’re in
(2) Music: we are both terrible singers but love to sing our hearts out even when we don’t know the words and
(3) Animals: KayLynne is crazy about animals.
Overall, the message of Unicorn Jazz is close to my heart because I truly believe that once I made the decision and owned that, “I too, have something to say, and that is why I am a writer. I use my voice through books to let everyone know:
“You are more than enough, you were born complete, you are uniquely made and therefore you are beautiful.” Thanks for writing such a beautiful story. -Karlene Froling, Children’s book author, KaysHeart.com
My generation didn’t grow up with stories like this when we were in school and there’s a transition thanks to innovative minds and doers in the world. It makes me happy that the books I write do share messages woven through entertainment that a story and/or song can do to convey kindness and the power of believing in others. 💜🎶🤗
WHAT IS SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING SO YOU CAN RECOGNIZE IT?
Social emotional skills and development is key to every child’s education and mental health development. Schools are being encouraged to incorporate social emotional learning. This then helps children perform better in their studies and also exhibit good behaviors at home. Social and emotional skills is the process through which children and adults:
- understand and manage emotions
- set and achieve positive goals
- feel and show empathy for others
- establish and maintain positive relationships, and
- make responsible decisions.
The “Social Emotional Learning“ is the art of teaching children on how to apply the relevant attitude and expertise in managing of their feelings. The program can be combined in the school program or it can be taught after school program. Notably, it can also be taught at home and consists of the following categories:
Self-awareness helps people to understand their emotions and their impact to their behaviors.Children who are aware of their emotions will not engage in destructive activities due to setbacks and anger.
Self- management assists an individual to maintain their feelings. The feelings include anger and setbacks.Self management therefore helps children to deal with the setbacks in a proper way.The means can include activities such as singing or reading motivational materials to manage the setbacks.
A relationship skill helps an individual to interact properly with other people.A child who has good relationship will always relate properly with other children, family and the people of the society.The child will not engage in activities such as peer fights.
Social awareness promotes empathy for others. This is through understanding the uniqueness of other people’s problems.The child will always be willing to assist other people who are facing problems.
The decision making encourages people to make appropriate choices that will impact positively on their life and the life of others. Poor decisions make children participate in unlawful activities, thus affecting negatively on their education.
For more information on social emotional learning there are numerous resources and books online. We are creating a list of books that relate to this subject. If you are an author and would like to submit your book for our top 20 list of SEL books, contact us on this site!