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Growth spurts. Intense friendships. Cliques and bullying. At this age, kids deal with everything from peer pressure to stress to teamwork. This kit gives education professionals the tools to help students use their developing logic and reasoning skills to understand their options in an increasingly complex social and emotional environment. Connecting to shelter pets provides insights into leadership and encourages empathy while helping children find ways to step outside themselves and make a difference.
Early adolescence is a tumultuous time. Mood swings, risk-taking, and academic challenges can take a toll on self-esteem. Today’s kids have the added pressures and opportunities of social media. This kit presents a wide range tools to help students cope and grow. Teen years are also a period of increased awareness of societal and ethical issues. More and more, young people hope to “be the change” they want to see in the world. The Curriculum’s emphasis on volunteering and advocating for shelter animals provides a positive way for teens to impact the world around them.
This is learning prime time, the magical period when children begin to discover their individuality, explore their emotions, and relate more deeply to others, including animals. They learn to take turns and share. And they develop empathy and curiosity that support social-emotional and academic learning. It’s also a period of imagination and independence, with both negative and positive consequences. Using the child’s spontaneous affinity for shelter pets, this Social Emotional Learning Curriculum supports positive growth and compassion inside the classroom and beyond.