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Gryphon House, Inc.
PreK - 2nd
This much-needed book (for teachers of kids aged 3 - 6 years) provides a clear and effective approach to helping children develop the social and emotional skills so essential to their present and future success in school. It does so through a series of activities that span the entire curriculum but that focus on both the emotional and academic aspects of learning. In the first chapter, we are introduced to the Seven Cs of Social-emotional Learning - cooperation, communication, curiosity, caring, contemplation, confidence, and competence - concepts that are woven into the fabric of the material that follows. The open ended, play-based activities are organized by topic - math, science, language, literacy, and motor skills. The fact that each of these chapters' titles begins with the words, 'Getting to the Heart of . . .' lets us know up front that we'll be exploring far more than just the academic aspect of each subject, and invaluably so.