Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is an important kind of learning that goes on in elementary school. Helping students to develop a sense of self; regulation of his or her own emotions, thoughts, and behaviors; an awareness of others' perspectives and appreciation of other other people's experiences; communication and relationship building skills; and the ability to analyze situations, evaluate possibilities, and problem solve is what SEL is all about. Most of the school guidance programs and lessons cover SEL. Teachers incorporate these skills into class meetings and lessons as well. For more information on the importance of SEL in the lives of children, check out resources at The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), which created the image above.
Mountain Brook Schools formerly adopted curriculums last school year through the work of parent representatives, elementary school counselors, and administrators from each of our elementary schools. The choices considered were available to the community at the board of education for review. After careful consideration of all the issues and concerns from the community, the committee selected Second Step curriculum and Core Essentials to use in the elementary schools.
Staff and faculty work through development of SEL activities on a regular basis. We read professional literature on the topic, attend conferences and workshops on this, and collaborate and consult with each other regularly on activities designed to help students' grow personally, inter-personally, emotionally, and as they contribute to developing our school community.
The following list of books has been compiled by our Speech and Language Pathologist and our Counselor Laura Witcher and are available to all professional staff to use with students. Some books are better for whole class lessons and others are better for meeting small group or individual needs as determined by the educator working with that child or children. Books are regularly added to our collections and shared with our professional staff. These are resources for use as needed with children.
Books for Guidance and Social Emotional Learning (Listed by topic) Title Author Subject(s) and Terms/Phrases Used I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! My Story About Accepting No for an Answer and Disagreeing... the Right Way! Cook, Julia accepting 'no,' and disagreeing appropriately I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! Activity Guide Cook, Julia accepting 'no,' and disagreeing appropriately Little Prickles Nelson, Kate and Gavin accepting who you are Everybody Feels... Anger Bingham, Jane anger is normal Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns It's Okay to Back Away Binkow, Howard anger management Cool Down and Work Through Anger Meiners, Cheri anger management How to Take the GrrrR Out of Anger Verdick, El & Marjorie Lisovskis anger management for older kids, chapter book If You're Angry and You Know It Kaiser, Cecily anger management to the tune of "If You're Happy & You Know It", Level 2 Scholastic Reader How do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad? Yolen, Jane anger management, mad, behavior When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really Angry... Bang, Molly anger, artistic book that gives real description of what anger is like for some, use to teach mindfulness When I Feel Angry Spelman, Cornelia Maude anger, managing anger in healthy ways The Bad Mood! Petz, Moritz Apologizing, saying "sorry" does not make it okay, "Sorry" is not an excuse to misbehave How do Dinosaurs Go to School? Yolen, Jane Apologizing, saying sorry Words Are Not for Hurting Verdick, Elizabeth Attitude, bad attitude, gratitude Behavior Survival Guide for Kids: How to Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble McIntyre, Tom bad mood, taking bad mood out on others, apologies My Mouth is a Volcano! Cook, Julia behavior at school Well, I Can Top That! Cook, Julia behavior, thought bubble, speech bubble, friendship Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns About Courage Binkow, Howard behavioral disorder handbook for older kids/teens, not for class use Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully Penn, Audrey blurting, interrupting Chester Raccoon and the Big Bad Bully Penn, Audrey bragging, lying Diary of a Real Bully Arabo, Melody bravery, courage to try things you need to do Don't Laugh at Me Seskin, Steve & Allen Shamblin bully story where the bully is often left out because of being so rough, group deals with the bully Simon's Hook: A Story About Teases and Put-Downs Burnett, Karen bully story where the bully is often left out because of being so rough, group deals with the bully Being Bullied Petty, Kate bully's story and realization that she has been bullying The Recess Queen O'Neill, Alexis & Laura Huliska-Beith bullying, empathy Trouble Talk Ludwig, Trudy bullying, explains how teases hook us into reacting The Way I Act Metzger, Steve bullying, reporting it Snail Started It Reider, Katja and Angela Von Roehl Bullying, standing up to a bully Talk and Work It Out Meiners, Cheri bullying, standing up, modeling the right way to treat others I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! Cook, Julia bullying, verbal bullying, realizing you can't trust someone who picks on or gossips about others I Just Don't Like the Sound of No! Activity Guide Cook, Julia character traits, 14 traits, one per page Don't Laugh at Me Seskin, Steve & Allen Shamblin conflict resolution, judgment, acceptance of diversity, mean words spread--what goes around comes around, apologizing Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns We Can All Get Along Binkow, Howard conflict resolution, younger children Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness, and Finding a Better Way American Girl disagreeing, no, behavior Stand Up for Yourself & Your Friends: Dealing with Bullies and Bossiness, and Finding a Better Way American Girl disagreeing, no, behavior Franklin's Secret Club Bourgeois, Paulette & Brenda Clark Diversity, Friendship with those that are different Howard B. Wigglebottom and Manners Matters Binkow, Howard Divorce, parents not talking, parents treating kid like a friend, feeling like it is the kids' fault, Howard B. Wigglebottom Listens to a Friend Binkow, Howard empathy, bullying Hands are Not for Hitting Agassi, Martine Exclusivity, leaving others out Being Frank Earnhardt, Donna Exclusivity, leaving others out Being Frank Earnhardt, Donna fairness in play, not bossing, taking turns, being right, apologizing Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen Binkow, Howard Feeling left out, making a friend Listen and Learn Meiners, Cheryl Friends: making and keeping friends Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen Binkow, Howard friendship, bossiness, bullies, for older girls Whole Body Listening Larry at School! Sautter, Elizabeth friendship, bossiness, bullies, for older girls My Mouth is a Volcano! Cook, Julia friendship, exclusivity, leaving out others, clubs My Mouth is a Volcano! Activity Book Cook, Julia Frustration, how to manage frustration Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire deGroat, Diane Gas, farts, burps, embarrassment, how to handle it in class Lying up a Storm Cook, Julia general manners, polite words Manners at School Finn, Carrie helping a grieving friend, great for a class The Bad Mood! Petz, Moritz hitting, hurting others, for young children STUCK Jeffers, Oliver honesty, thought bubble, speech bubble What to Do If Your Brain Gets Stuck: A Kid's Guide to Overcoming OCD Huebner, Dawn honesty, thought bubble, speech bubble Personal Space Camp Activity Book Cook, Julia Kindness with multiple examples and ends with the impact it has on the world Personal Space Camp Cook, Julia listening Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Viorst, Judith listening with eyes, ears, mind and quiet still body What if Everybody Did That? Javernick, Ellen listening with eyes, ears, mind and quiet still body What if Everybody Did That? Javernick, Ellen listening, behavior Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! Cook, Julia listening, not interrupting, behavior Teamwork Isn't My Thing, and I Don't Like to Share! Activity Guide Cook, Julia listening, not interrupting, behavior I Can't Believe You Said That! Cook, Julia lying I Can't Believe You Said That! Cook, Julia lying I Can't Believe You Said That! Activity Guide Cook, Julia Lying, habit of lying, snowball effect of lying Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker Jones, Christianne Manners at school Lacey Walker, Nonstop Talker Jones, Christianne manners, behavior Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales Ransom, Jeanie Manners, behavior, cafeteria Don't Squeal Unless It's a Big Deal: A Tale of Tattletales Ransom, Jeanie manners, behavior, cafeteria A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue Cook, Julia Manners, behavior, school A Bad Case of Tattle Tongue Cook, Julia mood, behavior The Anti-Test Anxiety Society Cook, Julia obsessive thinking, use with kids who get metaphor, obsessor doesn't notice all that he involves in his obsession Survival Guide for Kids with ADD or ADHD Taylor, John OCD workbook, not for class use But It's Just a Game Cook, Julia One-upper, always having to beat someone's story Decibella & her 6-inch Voice Cook, Julia Perfection Decibella & her 6-inch Voice Cook, Julia personal space activities to teacher this in various situations, worksheets Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship Binkow, Howard personal space, space bubble, sitting on the carpet, comfort zone Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns about Sportsmanship Binkow, Howard problem solving, size of problems Decibella & her 6-inch Voice Cook, Julia procedures, rules, social rules, why we have these rules Franklin's Secret Club Bourgeois, Paulette & Brenda Clark procedures, rules, social rules, why we have these rules The English Roses Madonna Responsibility, not taking R, Blaming others The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes Pett, Mark and Gary Rubinstein Self-esteem, liking who you are instead of trying to be someone else Yo! Yes! Raschka, Chris sharing, teamwork, sportsmanship How to Be a Friend: A Gudie to Making Friends and Keeping Them Brown, Laurie Krasny and Marc Brown sharing, teamwork, sportsmanship The Sandwich Swap Alabdullah, Her Majesty Queen Rania social filter, thought bubble, speech bubble What Does It Mean to Be Kind DiOrio, Rana social filter, thought bubble, speech bubble Lying up a Storm Cook, Julia social filter, thought bubble, speech bubble Manners in the Lunchroom Tourville, Amanda Doering Stealing Manners at School Finn, Carrie talking too much, listening Baditude! What to Do When Your Life Stinks Cook, Julia talking too much, listening, dominant talker Manners in the Lunchroom Tourville, Amanda Doering tattling, problem solving Gas Happens: What to Do When It Happens to You Cook, Julia tattling, problem solving Well, I Can Top That! Cook, Julia tattling, telling, reporting, problem solving Stick and Stone Ferry, Beth and Tom Lichtenheld tattling, telling, reporting, problem solving The "D" Word (Divorce) Cook, Julia Teasing, Bullying, lots of words Tease Monster (A Book About Teasing vs. Bullying) Cook, Julia test anxiety, steps for managing test anxiety But It's Not My Fault Cook, Julia understanding ADHD, getting help, healthy choices, school success, friendship success, & dealing with feelings - chapter book for older kids, not for class use Ricky Sticky Fingers Cook, Julia Upstanding, Standing up for a friend, bullying But It's Just a Game Cook, Julia video games Bully B.E.A.N.S. Cook, Julia Video Gaming, obsessive video gaming, Zach Apologizes Mulcahy, William voice volume Zach Gets Frustrated Mulcahy, William voice volume, 5 levels of volume for speaking Sorry! Ludwig, Trudy voice volume, 5 levels of volume for speaking Mind Your Manners in School Candell, Arianna winning, losing, sportsmanship, games, sharing I Don't Want to Be A Frog Petty, Dev and Mike Boldt winning, losing, sportsmanship, games, sharing