Social and emotional learning (SEL) is crucial for homeschoolers. Cultivating inner resources, being able to manage emotions and resolve conflicts, and knowing what to do to feel whole are vital skills-of-being-and-relating that few of us learn. The good news is that there are plenty of science-based activities to help us develop them.
We begin with the reality that everyone has a range of emotions and no emotion is bad. We learn how to pay attention to and identify our emotions, we name them and map them in our bodies, and figure out what we can do (as individuals) to make sure we process them in a healthy way and we don’t react to them and do things we might regret.
Each week offers interactive work that is science-based and customized according to the student’s responses.
This class can also be viewed as a health class, as it addresses the negative health effects of the maladaptive stress responses and shows kids a mindfulness-mediated stress response that will shift their nervous systems when they begin to get pushed out of regulation.