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May 18, 2022
Cultivating Curiosity: The Key to Raising Empathetic Kids

By: Rebecca Wilson Macsovits, Author of Guion The Lion I deeply believe that our differences make this world a beautiful and colorful place. But, this is only true if we see other people through a lens of empathy. As parents, teachers, and/or grandparents, we know this, but how do we teach our kids to be […]

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May 9, 2022
Let’s Play: Social Emotional Learning Activities for Summer 

Ahh summer – a season to unwind, relax, play and enjoy the sunshine and longer days. While having “fun in the sun” is the usual chant of summertime, learning does not have to be excluded from the fun. It's important to continue to nurture social and emotional learning concepts throughout the summer.  Parents and teachers […]

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April 25, 2022
Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurological and developmental disorder that refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Signs of autism often appear by age 2 or 3, and it can be diagnosed as early as 18 months.  How familiar are you with […]

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April 11, 2022
Egg-Cellent Activities for Social Emotional Learning

Are you ready to celebrate Easter with your class and/or family? It’s easier than you think to revamp traditional Easter activities into EGG-cellent social emotional learning opportunities.  Mindful Easter Egg Painting Many kids need positive outlets to manage their emotions, and art activities allow children to relax and put their worries and fears aside while […]

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March 17, 2022
Inclusion Means…

By: Rebecca Wilson Macsovits, Author of Guion The Lion What does inclusion mean to you?  World Down Syndrome Day 2022 is coming up on March 21, 2022, and Down Syndrome International is posing this question. Today’s unfortunate reality is that often people with Down syndrome and other special needs do not benefit from full inclusion […]

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March 10, 2022
Myths About Down Syndrome: DEBUNKED

By: Rebecca Wilson Macsovits, Author of Guion The Lion My oldest son, Guion, gets a lot of stares when we’re out and about from both children and parents. Guion has Down syndrome. If you are not familiar, Down syndrome is a genetic condition where a person is born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, […]

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February 18, 2022
How to Use Music as a Social Emotional Learning Tool

Parents and teachers agree that social emotional learning (SEL) makes a difference. Research proves that students participating in SEL programs displayed improved classroom behavior, an increased ability to manage stress and depression, and better attitudes about themselves, others, and school. Social emotional skills, like recognizing and managing emotions, practicing kindness and empathy with peers, making […]

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February 2, 2022
4 Valentine’s Day Activities that Support Social Emotional Learning 

Love is in the air! While Valentine's Day is traditionally celebrated as a day for romance and love for couples, it is also a great holiday to teach children about love, empathy and compassion for others. Teaching children about these social emotional concepts helps them to develop healthy relationships with friends and family members.  Children […]

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January 18, 2022
Using Art as a Social Emotional Learning Tool

Social and emotional learning takes place when children learn how to deal with feelings and relationships. Art can be a great way for children to explore and express social emotional concepts, such as empathy, kindness, generosity and curiosity.  Because art is seen as an activity rather than a challenge, it serves as a non-threatening and […]

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January 7, 2022
Building a Growth Mindset

Mindsets shape how children perceive themselves and the world around them. They influence how they think, feel and behave and can have a pivotal role in their successes (and failures). This isn’t a new concept. American psychologist Carol Dweck is well-known and respected for her mindset research and theories. According to Dweck, children tend to […]

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