As a student enters the later years of elementary school, their social systems begin to get a bit more complex. This is the age where girls are on and off again with each other. The boys are beginning to evaluate their skills based on the other boys’ performance. The work at school becomes a little more independent and homework reaches a crescendo.
Many schools are now requiring educators to teach Social Emotional Learning (SEL) skills to their students. You many have been given a scripted program to teach your students some of the skills that are required. However, they often lack the pizazz to captive the student’s interest.
We recommend to any of teachers, social workers, counselors, or psychologists working with this age to present the skills in fun ways. For this age, the use of role playing, easy chapter books, and videos are a great way to teach each skill while keeping it interactive and fun.