At The Foundations School, we understand that your child is more than just a test score. Many of us think of school as a place we send children to learn academic subjects such as math, language arts, history, and science. If you’re a parent at The Foundations School, you also know that your child is learning an array of arts-based skills. But there is a third component that often gets overlooked. At school, children are also learning social and emotional skills like how to interact with their peers, how to manage their emotions, and how to make responsible decisions.

According to CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning), social and emotional learning (SEL) is “an integral part of human education and development.” They divide SEL into five key areas: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These areas are impacted by a child’s family and caregivers, classroom, school, and communities. 

When a child comes to The Foundations School, we want them to be healthy: mentally and physically. That’s why we take time out of our day to do practices like yoga and allow our students time for reflection. “At The Foundations School, we focus on all of the child, the whole child,” CCE Chief Operations Officer Jerry Crank said. “Not just his reading score.” 

If you want to dive deeper into CASEL’s five key areas and learn about how schools, families, and other institutions impact a child’s social and emotional learning, click here.

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