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Activities for Building Character and Social-Emotional Learning PreK–K

Safe & Caring Schools® Series


Build attitudes of respect and caring, reduce problem behaviors, empower students to solve problems, and educate the whole child with the flexible, user-friendly activity guides in the Safe & Caring Schools® series. The lessons’ literature-based connections allow teachers to “build in” rather than “add on” social-emotional learning (SEL) throughout the day. Field-tested in classrooms across the United States, these activities when fully implemented have resulted in improved school climate, greater parent engagement, increased academic achievement, and reduction in discipline referrals.

Each book offers:
  • 100+ easy-to-implement year-round activities that integrate into the daily curriculum in all subject areas
  • Monthly themes focused on empathy, bullying prevention, teamwork, decision-making, and more
  • Concise lesson formats (Read, Discuss, Do, Relate)
  • Discussion and writing prompts
  • Built-in assessment
Use the PreK–K Guide to teach young children positive life skills through daily practice. The activities teach the whole child by allowing them to be curious, active, imaginative, and part of the learning process. This guide helps teachers work within a framework toward specific goals, but also encourages them to be creative in helping children express themselves.
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Paperback $29.99 23913 Paperback 23913 $29.99
ISBN: 978-1-57542-391-3
Audience: Educators, group leaders, caregivers, grades preK–K
Trim Size: 8.5" x 11"
Page Count: 160
Digital Content: Includes all reproducible forms from the book
Praise for the series:
“In order to maximize the educational experience, a student must feel safe and worthwhile. This book is a complete and comprehensive guide for educators on creating an ideal environment for children to learn. With advice on mixing in social and emotional education alongside academic curriculum, this book is an ideal guide to helping students make the most of themselves, both now and later in life. A top pick for any educator and for community library education collections.”—Library Bookwatch

“The series, organized in age-appropriate guides for preK–K, 1–2, 3–5, and 6–8, includes practical activities and a literature foundation, making it easy for teachers to infuse social and emotional learning throughout the day.”—PaperClip Communications’ Curriculum Review

“We’ve seen a dramatic increase in the use of conflict resolution skills among our students, a reduction in the number of inappropriate behaviors leading to disciplinary action, a noticeable change in school culture, and more parent awareness of appropriate social skills and emotional literacy skills.”—Assistant Superintendent

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Finding Your Way Through Conflict: Strategies for Early Childhood Educators
Intentional Teaching in Early Childhood
Uncover the Roots of Challenging Behavior

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