Prenatal/Early Childhood Development
Quality prenatal care during pregnancy and quality, nurturing connection during the first three years of life are critical to childrenʼs brain development and to Social Emotional Intelligence.
Critical to Success
The development of Social Emotional Intelligence is critical for success in academics, jobs, relationships, and for the prevention of bullying, addictions, abuse, violence, and mental health issues. Social Emotional learning addresses underlying issues of trauma, bullying, violence, addictions, discrimination, and racism.
The Power Lies in the Teacher/Parent
The most powerful way to build children’s and teenager’s Social Emotional Intelligence is by teachers and parents modeling it.
It Starts with Quality Connection
Quality connection between a teacher and student and between a parent and child is how Social Emotional Intelligence is developed.
Social Emotional Learning is the foundation of academic learning.
Managing the Brain
Teaching students how to manage the lower levels of their brains ( brain stem = safety, limbic system= emotions, motivation) directly impacts their abilities to use the highest level of their brain (cortex, thinking, analyzing, reflecting).
Focusing is a Learned Skill
The ability to focus is the most critical skill for all students to master. In order to focus, a student must be able to manage their emotions, control their impulses, delay gratification, calm their brain and bodies, and balance their nervous systems.
Just Like Reading, Writing, & Math
Social Emotional Learning skills require the same dedication, commitment, and time as reading, writing, and math. The brain is wired by developing new skills through daily, consistent, and focused practice and attention.
Every Child is Gifted
Every child is gifted, maybe not in the traditional sense of IQ testing, which emphasizes reading, writing, math, and thinking skills, but in a broader and more comprehensive view of intelligence and giftedness.
Parents & Teachers Lead
The main job of teachers and parents is bring forth and foster the intelligences, talents, strengths, and “gifts” that lie within a child. (The word, educate, comes from the Latin word, ducere, meaning to draw or lead. The prefix “e” means “out of.” So teachers or parents provide support, guidance, and encouragement that helps to draw out the intelligences, talents, strengths, or gifts that lie within the student or child).