The New Holiday Toy Trend is Social & Emotional Intelligence Building

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In the past five years or so, holiday toy trends have consistently put forth electronic toys as the “go-to” gifts for kids. We’ve seen everything from Furby to relaunches of the Nintendo Classic systems. This year, trends are evolving, and children are asking for toys that promote tangible learning of social and emotional intelligence skills. From jaunty puppets and colorful finger paints to Emotion Stones and more, here’s a guide to choosing holiday toys that benefit your child’s emotional well-being. Exploring Social Situations Playing pretend is one of the biggest ways that preschoolers learn to explore social situations and navigate … Continued

Can Social and Emotional Learning Close Achievement Gaps in Education?

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In the past, academic achievement was often linked to cognitive intelligence, or IQ. Recently, as more research is published exploring achievement gaps in education, studies show that emotional intelligence—or EQ—also significantly impacts educational achievement.  Social and emotional learning programs take place at the district level, at school, in preschools and daycares, and even at home. Could these programs help close the achievement gap? Emotional Intelligence vs. Cognitive Intelligence While cognitive intelligence measures how you interpret and process abstract ideas, solve problems, and reason through challenging concepts, emotional intelligence is a measure of how you manage your own emotions, as well … Continued

5 Ways SEL Programs in Schools Help Kids Later in Life

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Many perceive academic success as being solely dependent on a child’s intellectual abilities. While a strong intellect and high IQ do benefit children in the classroom, their emotional intelligence or EQ is just as important to their academic achievement. Across the country schools are embracing a wider approach to student success in the classroom, and Social Emotional Learning programs are at the heart of the education revolution. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) focuses on how interactions with others affect our relationships and our individual success in the social realms—including the classroom, the boardroom and the home. SEL programs in schools teach … Continued