As students progress through their years at Nueva, they advance through the SEL curriculum. In the lower school, children begin by learning the basic vocabulary of emotions, and progress through topics such as active listening, appreciation, conflict resolution, friendship, social cues, group dynamics, and many more. The specialist reinforces concepts from prior years through continuous practice while adding new, age-appropriate, relevant topics and skills into the classes.
Learning takes place through a variety of experiences such as:
- Classroom instruction
- Focused exercises
- Role-playing activities
- Mindfulness practices including guided imagery, relaxation and yoga
- Creative and collaborative projects
Classroom meetings provide time to learn and practice skills while giving context to students' daily experiences. In these early years, students acquire cooperation and problem-solving skills and develop an understanding of what it means to be both an individual and a group member. This awareness becomes an integral part of who they are as learners. Year by year, they build on these SEL concepts to develop respect for themselves and others, manage strong feelings and impulses, develop effective communication skills, and set and achieve their academic goals. In the process, they become essential elements of the community and culture of respect at Nueva.
Want to find out more? Visit "Lower School SEL Curriculum in More Detail" page.
Photos of SEL in action in the Lower School