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Create an Emotion-Rich Classroom: Helping Young Children Build Their Social Emotional Skills


October 28, 2022

Book Details

This book's goal is to give you frameworks for planning and implementing a variety of strategies to support the emotional development of young children in your care. It serves as a blueprint to design and build an emotion-rich classroom. Unlike a formal curriculum, which might have a pacing guide of skills and plans for each day, this book provides lexible, adaptable strategies and activity ideas. You can intentionally plan and modify these for your classroom to support the competencies young chil-dren are developing during their preschool years. While the content is presented in an order that will allow skills to be built on top of one another, there is not a suggested timetable for how long to focus on one area or skill. Rather, observing children in their interactions and play will support you in knowing whether to teach a new skill or continue practicing and reinforcing the irst. You'll probably notice that there's not a weekly lesson for "Social and Emotional Day." There's not a speciic daily lesson for a social and emotional time block either, nor is there an Emotions Unit for the beginning of the school year. These omissions are intentional. Effective social and emotional instruction is woven into the fabric of every school day. It's about teaching explicit lessons, but it's also about responding when a child is upset, modeling when you are frustrated, discussing emotions in storybooks, and asking children to share examples of emotions from their own lives. Just as a print-rich environment intentionally immerses children in a wide variety of literacy experiences, an emotion-rich classroom intentionally surrounds children with a range of social and emotional instruction and supportive interactions

Author Description

Lindsay N. Giroux, M.Ed., specializes in coaching pre-school teachers on implementing the Pyramid Model to promote social and emotional development and prevent challenging behavior. She is a contributing author of Connect4Learning®: The PreK curriculum and the ChooseFi Pre-Kindergarten financial literacy curriculum. Her professional interests include teacher training, social skill instruction, and inclusion of preschoolers with special needs. Lindsay received a B.A. from Wellesley College and an M.Ed. in Early Childhood Special Education from Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. She is currently the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL) Coordinator for the Wake County Public School District and a North Carolina Preschool Pyramid Expert Coach. She resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and son.

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