The non-profit education organization has updated its ‘My Best Me’ elementary school modules to highlight solutions for younger children’s misbehavior. Acting out – temper tantrums, taking things they shouldn’t, and arguing, for example – can be the result of stress and ACEs, or adverse childhood experiences.
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Hope Rising’s revised curriculum takes into account the wider social pressures imposed on families across the nation by the pandemic – and even the increased political turbulence in the country. The consequences for children, particularly those raised as infants during a health crisis that confused and frustrated many parents, can be significant.
Students in early elementary school are starting to comprehend how to control their emotions and demonstrate empathy for others. These children soon begin to develop closer relationships and get an understanding of how their actions affect other people. They also start to realize that they can act to solve simple issues in their school and neighborhood: these are the building blocks of a successful SEL education.
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Hope Rising’s lesson plans help young children develop core SEL competencies and discover real-world solutions to the challenges and problems presented by everyday life. These lessons foster active listening as students participate in respectful discussions while developing collaboration skills for projects of shared interest.
The organization’s hope-centered curriculum encourages teachers to cultivate willpower in their students and keep them motivated by sharing stories of success and achievement gained through persistence and self-belief. By developing positive relationships with classmates and teachers, students learn to know and trust one another, facilitating a social environment that encourages both respect and self-confidence.
This further enables students to practice setting goals – and creating the possible pathways and action plans to achieve these goals, per Hope Rising’s lesson modules. Children’s understanding and appreciation of this ability to set and accomplish goals will be critical in subsequent years when challenges become more unpredictable and obstacles more difficult to overcome.
The curriculum is generally taught by teachers and/or counselors in a classroom setting. Hope Rising hosts a private Facebook group for those implementing the curriculum – an area for collaboration, additional training, program feedback, and additional instruction/suggestions regarding how to use the curriculum.
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