back to school

It’s that time of the year where kids and parents are preparing for the start of a new school year. A lot has changed since the last school year, and it’s natural for students to feel anxious and stressed about what the new academic year has in store for them.  In this blog post, we’ll share some social and emotional learning (SEL) tips that can help students, parents, and educators ease back into the school routine, make positive connections, and have a successful school year.

1. Focus on Building Relationships

Building trust and positive relationships with your child’s teacher and other students is an integral part of developing social-emotional learning skills. As a parent or caregiver, take the time to get to know your child’s teacher early on and communicate regularly throughout the school year. Encourage your child to find common interests with their peers and support them in building new friendships. Consider organizing playdates or school-related events that provide opportunities for your child to interact with others, build teamwork and develop social-emotional skills.

2. Set Realistic and Achievable Goals

Goal-setting is an essential step in promoting SEL. Ensure that your child understands the value of setting realistic goals that are achievable and measurable. This will help them feel more motivated, engaged, and in control of their learning. Work with your child to establish academic, behavioral, and social goals for the school year. Be sure to celebrate milestones and progress, no matter how small.

3. Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness practices and deep breathing help with awareness, focus and reduce feelings of stress and anxiety. Encourage your child to take a few deep breaths and check in with themselves throughout the day, especially when feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Incorporate mindfulness activities into your daily routine like journaling before bedtime or taking a mindful walk in nature.

4. Encourage Self-Care

Self-care is an essential component of emotional and social health and an important aspect of SEL. Teach your child the importance of taking care of themselves by getting enough sleep, eating a balanced diet and engaging in regular exercise. Emphasize the need for adequate downtime every day, such as reading, taking a break from screens, or participating in a hobby they enjoy.

5. Collaborate with Educators

Collaboration between parents, educators, and students is a key ingredient for SEL success. Talk to your child’s teachers about what SEL strategies they use in the classroom and how you can support them at home. Offer feedback and share your concerns if you notice any changes in your child’s behavior or well-being. Ask the school if there are any resources or SEL training opportunities available for educators, parents, and students. Advocate for the school to integrate SEL into its curriculum if it’s not already an integral part of the school’s mission.

As we head back to school, let’s remember that social-emotional learning is an integral part of education and an essential ingredient for success. With the right support at home and school, students can learn, grow, and thrive academically, emotionally, and socially. By using the tips outlined in this blog post, parents and educators can ensure that students are equipped with the skills they need to make a smooth and successful transition into the new school year.

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