Social and Emotional Learning:
Let’s Talk SEL: Parents, This Is for You!

SEL aims to teach kids what CASEL, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, calls “core social and emotional competencies.” The organization breaks them down into five main areas: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, social awareness and relationship skills. 

At home, parents should strive to create an environment of trust, respect, and support. Remember that modelling “emotionally intelligent” behavior at home is the first step in nurturing emotionally intelligent children.

Based on data collected from the National Survey of Children’s Health for ages 6 to 17, researchers found a 20 percent increase in diagnoses of anxiety between 2007 and 2012. 

Why You Need SEL At Home

Have improved self awareness, emotional regulation, and self-esteem

Make healthier choices in lifestyle and relationships

Engage in mature interactions with others

Recognize and demonstrate good character

Know real strategies and tools for improving their own skills when it comes to self-reflection and self-understanding, relationships with others, and character development

Improved behaviour, patience, and self-regulation

What are the benefits of social-emotional learning?

SEL is important for children to develop and maintain positive relationships, decision-making skills, develop perspective-taking skills, and build emotional intelligence. Kids are born with many intense emotions, but they aren’t born with the skills to respond to, express, or cope with these emotions. Although SEL is commonly practiced in schools, it can also be successfully applied outside the classroom.

  • SEL improves academic performance
  • SEL helps you regulate your emotions and manage stress
  • SEL improves mental health
  • SEL promotes resilience
  • SEL increases equity

Schoolio's SEL Program For Parents

When we practice and build our skills in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship building and decision making, we are better equipped to navigate stressors, anxieties, and challenges. We can solve problems and work together to function at a higher level—in the classroom, at work and at home.

What Do You Get With Schoolio’s SEL Guide?

  • 12 week program
  • 100+ pages
  • Rooted in CBT practices
  • Individual levelled units
  • Anchor Program for All Ages
  • Mindfulness
  • Affordable
  • Easy to use

How does It Benefit Your Student?

  • Resilient
  • Responsible
  • Confident
  • Respectful
  • Empathetic
  • Empowered

5 Signs Your Child Is Struggling Emotionally

Having a thorough understanding of our children is something we pride ourselves on as parents. Interests, likes, dislikes, strengths, and weaknesses. It is also important to keep an eye on our children’s emotional and mental health, which is why you need to know these 5 emotional signs your child is experiencing.

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How To Use Schoolio's SEL Program

After each lesson, there is an activity. This is to help solidify the information your learner heard and thought about in the lesson and to allow them to reflect. Feel free to adapt, add, or omit these activities to best suit your learner’s needs. 


Start With The Basics

If your learner is brand new to SEL concepts, we recommend you start with the Anchor Program, Thoughts & Feelings: Learning to Manage How I Think and Feel. This will introduce your learner to the basics of CBT learning.


Upgrade as needed

Schoolio offers 9 individually levelled SEL units, from grades K-8. Each unit focuses on different aspects of self-awareness, interaction with others, character development, and real-world skill building.

You can choose a grade level that most closely aligns with your learner’s current working level, or choose the skills you want your learner to work on.


Be Open to learning

You work through the units with your learner! The lessons are straight-forward and easy to follow, so don’t feel nervous! Read aloud as if you were reading a book. Stop anywhere and have discussions. Bring in examples from your learner’s own experiences. Say things like, “This is just like that time when…” and make references. Ask your child often what they think about the information.

Customers reviews

As a nation, our mental health has never been more critical, and our youth must have the tools they need to navigate these issues. But last spring, when Covid-19 dramatically changed the educational landscape, just 7% of parents felt prepared to address the social and emotional needs of their child.

“This is a fabulous and impactful learning resource for both parents and kids. It encourages children to think deeply about their own thoughts and emotions, in a fun and interactive way that is easy for parents to explain. Teaching children these skills from a young age will change their lives and give them the tools they need to be resilient as they grow up. I highly recommend this resource and believe that mindfulness and managing emotions is imperative learning for every child.”
Cynthia Arscott, Goldminds
“So often the most important tools that our kids need are left completely out of their educational programming. Learning about mental and emotional well-being is just as (if not more) important than learning to read, write and do all the math problems. I highly recommend these Schoolio units for your child. Through it your child will learn important skills to cope with day-to-day struggles that they will face.”
Jaymee Davis, The Genuine Mom
“I LOVE this course. The kids need this!”
Melanie I. Hanson
RULER trained and certified teacher Yale Ruler for Emotional Intelligence

Restoring what the pandemic took: Social and emotional curriculum for parents and kids

Whether it’s called “social and emotional learning” or “emotional intelligence,” it’s critical to pay attention to the development of the whole young person, including character education. Parents have a dual role to play in raising a self-aware, respectful child who knows how to manage his or her emotions, make responsible decisions, and resolve conflicts non-violently. 

Be a good listener

Joshua Freedman, Chief Operating Officer at Six Seconds, a nonprofit organization supporting emotional intelligence in families, schools, corporations, and communities, describes listening as a "core competency skill." Unfortunately, it's not always practiced by parents or children.

Model the behavior you seek

Whether it's apologizing when you're in the wrong or treating others with respect and kindness, children learn a great deal about relationships from observing the behavior of their parents.

Nurture your child's self-esteem

A child with a good sense of self is happier, more well-adjusted, and does better in school. Strategies for fostering self-esteem include giving your child responsibilities, allowing her to make age-appropriate choices, and showing your appreciation for a job well done.

Respect differences

Every child has his or her own unique talents and abilities. Whether in academics, athletics, or interpersonal relationships, resist the urge to compare your child to friends or siblings. Instead, honor your child's accomplishments and provide support and encouragement for the inevitable challenges he faces.

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