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Lower School TK - 4

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Social Emotional Learning



Integrated & Immersive Learning

Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is integrated into the Lower School’s daily routine through friendship and community building, celebrating differences and fostering communication skills such as listening, speaking, and resolving personal and relational challenges.

Explicit Instruction

SEL is explicitly taught in Self Science classes. Additionally, our Nature and Physical Education programs focus on further developing these skills. In the Lower School, Self Science begins by engaging students’ natural curiosity about who they are and how they feel about themselves and others. We encourage them to be scientists and start by observing their feelings and noticing possible patterns.

From this data, they can begin to formulate hypotheses about why these feelings emerge, in what situations, the messages behind these emotions and what actions to take. In Self Science classes, students start developing their own social-emotional toolkits that will support them throughout their lives.


Competencies as tools

Through their time in Lower School, every student learns all eight EQ competencies in the Synapse EQ Model in ways appropriate for the students’ needs, ages and stages.