We have confidence in our sanitation strategies and wellness policies, allowing both campuses to remain open during KISD’s extended break.
We have special rates for school-age children, we’re here to support our community. Contact us today.
We have confidence in our sanitation strategies and wellness policies, allowing both campuses to remain open during KISD’s extended break. We have special rates for school age children, we’re here to support our community. Contact us today.
My Place Principles
Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
Communication & Relationships
Working together for lifelong success
What is Social Emotional Learning?
Also known as SEL, Social Emotional Learning refers to the process of understanding and managing emotions, relating to others, building positive relationships, developing social awareness, achieving goals, and making responsible decisions.
While the traditional measure of educational success has focused on academics, studies have shown that SEL has a vital role to play in the school environment. Stress management and emotion regulation can help a child focus and learn in a classroom environment, and have a positive attitude in school. Further benefits of SEL in the classroom include greater academic achievement and positive social behavior, with a reduction of behavioral issues.
The benefits of Social Emotional Learning in early childhood are long-lasting. Research has found that SEL education in the formative years leads to a greater chance of a student getting a college degree and gaining employment.
Social Emotional Learning at My Place
At My Place, we build SEL into our everyday curriculum. Here are some ways we encourage healthy social and emotional development in our children:
- Group Activities
Play time in groups that require social interaction and problem-solving
- Partner Learning
Cooperating with a partner on a project
Opportunities for social and emotional skills development through play
- Direct Training
Reviewing concepts of respect, emergency protocols, etc.
Our teachers benchmark and monitor our students’ interaction and report on a regular basis. Our lesson plans are designed to address safety, privacy, and respect for one another while teaching effective methods of communication.
We know that the key to success with SEL is a fun, nurturing environment. At My Place, we guide each child at their own pace, with engaging and age-appropriate activities to help them build confidence and have fun together.
The Importance of Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood
The value of social and emotional development can’t be overstated. Our ability to communicate and create relationships directly impacts our overall quality of life from early childhood onwards. Healthy social and emotional development leads to success in school, work, and personal relationships.
SEL in early childhood also helps children understand social risks, the dangers of peer pressure, and the difference between “tattle-telling” and reporting. By teaching these skills early, you can be more confident that your child will grow up knowing proper safety procedures with strangers, having confidence to report improprieties, and understand how to reach out to an emergency contact.
Should a child not receive the important social skills we teach at an early age, the risk is increased difficulty to acquire these social abilities at a later age as well. So not only are there short-term effects, but the student is impacted for years to come.
SEL at My Place
At My Place, we demonstrate how to interact with others in a respectful way, discuss safety and privacy, and encourage organic engagement between students. We’re proud of our safe, supportive, and empowering learning community. By being intentional with our lesson plans for social growth, My Place gives students the tools they need to be safe and create healthy relationships at school and beyond!