fbpx

Blog

Social-Emotional Learning during the Holidays

December 5, 2023

School is almost out, and students will have a well-deserved break from class. However, learning doesn’t have to stop completely as soon as school is out for the year. The holidays are the perfect time to practice kindness and generosity. We’ve curated five tips to engage your kids in social-emotional learning over the winter holiday.

Gratitude

The holidays are a wonderful time to teach children about being thankful. After all, with a focus on gift-giving and time with loved ones, there’s plenty to be grateful for. Explain, as well as role model, what it means to be thankful and use reminders on how to show appreciation to others.

Mindfulness

It is easy to be swept up in the flurry of the holidays. Being mindful begins by slowing down, taking those breaths and focusing on what’s important to you now. Savour those moments with family and count your blessings, it makes the season even more special.

Empathy

The holidays are a special time of the year for many, but unfortunately, not every child and household anticipates the winter holidays with hope, due to a range of circumstances and hardships. Sharing and participating in other people’s experiences around the holidays helps children build understanding, perspective, and empathy.

Compassion

Compassion puts the wheels on empathy.  If you have time, visit your neighbour, call a friend or invite someone who is having a hard time for dinner at your house. Children learn by observing their parents. Ask a family with a different background for dinner, or volunteer at a community event, serving dinner to homeless people for example. It is a nice way to build compassion.

Generosity

The holidays are a perfect time for giving back. You can donate gifts to community outreach programs, make a meal for a family in need, or start a little fundraising campaign for your favourite not-for-profit.  Remember too that there are other ways to give; time, talents and treasures.  Help your child to think of other simple ways to give their time and talents.  This probably sounds old-fashioned, but a handwritten card with friendly words can brighten someone’s day. Spend an afternoon with your kids writing seasonal greetings to people who can use some holiday cheer, or older people in caring homes in your community. A small gesture can have a big impact!

Photo by micheile henderson on Unsplash

Healthy Risk Taking is about Growing and Developing

Healthy Risk Taking is about Growing and Developing

Teenagers crave and seek risks. It helps them to develop and grow. We often think of risk-taking as dangerous, but risk-taking is not always negative. Healthy risk-taking – like hiking up a mountain, riding a unicycle, or performing on stage – helps kids build...

Never too Young to Remember December 6

Never too Young to Remember December 6

On December 6th, 1989, the day that fourteen young women at l’École Polytechnique in Montreal were killed by a gunman as a deliberate act of violence against women, Quinn Mulherin (21, she/they*) wasn’t born yet. She learned about the tragedy years later when she...

The Past and the Future of the Core (Inn)

The Past and the Future of the Core (Inn)

Salt Spring Island does not have a lot of facilities to accommodate young people, but we do have The Core (Inn) on McPhilipps Avenue. It is a safe place where island youth can come together to hang out, play music and games, and where snacks and healthy food are...

Book about stereotypes helps kids combat bias

Book about stereotypes helps kids combat bias

Identifying and questioning stereotypes, bias, and prejudice has been part of our educational programs since we started to develop our social-emotional learning framework for kids and youth twenty-five years ago. It turns out that stereotypes start to take form in our...

Five Things I Learned in Pass it On

Five Things I Learned in Pass it On

Olivia Sugden is this year’s recipient of The Circle Education Pass It On Mentorship Award. Olivia has been part of the Pass it On Girls program for the past three years. She was wholeheartedly committed to the program and its participants, and with her warm, open and...

The lessons I Learned from my Mental Health Problems in my Youth

The lessons I Learned from my Mental Health Problems in my Youth

May 7th is National Child & Youth Mental Health Day. Willie MacPherson was impacted by mental health problems throughout his youth. He was addicted to sugar, video games, and drugs, but found healing. He shares the lessons he learned on the way. Talk Talking about...

Name(Required)
Email(Required)
Please let us know what's on your mind. Have a question for us? Ask away.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.