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March is Reading Month! Top 10 Books with SEL Themes

March is National Reading Month and the perfect time to share books that encourage students to become caring and considerate citizens. Stories help students learn about other’s challenges and triumphs and to reflect on their own experiences.  These social-emotional stories encourage empathy, problem solving and perseverance: Pedro’s Big Goal by Fran Manushkin Pedro dreams of playing goalie for the next big soccer match. But he worries he’s too slow …

How Harmony SEL Helps Us Think With Our Hearts

Thinking with our hearts is a message conveyed throughout our Harmony Program and is a perfect theme as we celebrate Valentine’s Day. Harmony Pre-K and Kindergarten storybooks explore the concept of thinking with your heart through our lovable character Z and the treehouse friends. In the Unit 5 storybook: “Have a Good Day,” Z learns from the treehouse friends that there are many ways to …

How Harmony Can Help Students Cope with the Trauma of Hurricane Harvey & Irma

As floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey and Irma recede, the recent chaos and emotional upheaval of the past few weeks will start to have an especially negative impact on our students. As our children return to school, they may exhibit a variety of emotions: fear, anxiety, shock, denial, depression, aggression, and dissociative behavior. Teachers will play a crucial role in post-hurricane recovery by providing dependable schedules, …

New SEL Tools to Check Out This Summer

Harmony SEL is introducing its Online Professional Learning Library, which includes a number of online tools and resources to enhance the Harmony experience. Teachers and staff are able to access training, helpful SEL modules, support materials, and even the Harmony toolkit while on the go. Here are all the exciting new features that can be accessed right now! Online Training Teachers and staff can register …

Activities to Beat Summer Boredom Blues (and Keep Learning)

Two words can help prevent learning loss this summer: enrichment and involvement. Academic delay that occurs over the summer is one of the greatest problems confronting teachers each fall. In fact, when children return to school, they may have experienced such learning loss during the summer, that they need to spend several weeks catching up to where they once were academically. Parents or guardians who …

Fun Ways to Make Saying Goodbye Easier for Students

The end of the day and the end of the semester aren’t always easy on young students—they may miss their friends and teachers, and the fun and structure of school. Make saying goodbye a happy occasion, so they carry that positivity with them long after they leave. Here are some tips to make saying goodbye easier for students. Leave Connected – Have students suggest unique …

Tips for Talking to Parents About a Difficult Student

The best thing about young students is that they all have their own unique personalities. While some are well-behaved, eager pleasers in class, some can tend to be more disruptive, unruly, and…not as well-behaved. There comes a point when you must address certain behavioral issues with the student’s parents, so together, you can come up with a solution that helps the student to do better, …