We understand children should learn to manage their feelings, make friends and solve social problems. Our acclaimed Second Step program addresses the social and emotional side of education. Learning takes place throughout the day in the classroom, on the playground and at home. Children learn by watching and listening to how teachers, family members and friends interact with each other. Our specialized Second Step curriculum helps students think about, develop and practice positive social interaction skills. Research indicates that children who use these skills are more likely to get along with others, have greater self-esteem and perform better in school. The program is divided into three units:
- Empathy training – Students learn about feelings and ways to show understanding and caring toward others.
- Impulse control and problem solving – Students learn new ways to solve problems and practice skills such as calming down, apologizing, interrupting politely and making new friends.
- Anger management – Students learn to manage their anger in ways that do not hurt others.
Incorporating photographs and videos of children in everyday situations, Second Step introduces and teach all of the above skills. All students are given the chance to practice their skills through role-playing. Families play a crucial role in the success of the Second Step program.
The school regularly updates families through e-mails about the lessons being taught at school and what families can do at home to help children understand and practice these new skills.