Second Step® Early Learning

Improved Behavior, Improved Learning

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The Power to Grow

Help your littlest learners harness their energy and potential by teaching them to:

  • Listen
  • Pay attention
  • Manage their behavior
  • Get along with others
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Skills for Lasting Success

When students enter kindergarten with the self-regulation and social-emotional skills taught with evidence-based Second Step® Early Learning, they’re set up for success.

Second Step Early Learning is easy for anyone to use and designed to keep children engaged.

Social-Emotional Learning

It’s easy to use Second Step Early Learning for ages 4–5. Each classroom kit includes:

  • Early Learning Photo Cards
    28 Durable 11" x 17" Color Photo Weekly Theme Cards
  • Teaching Materials Notebook
    Teaching Materials Notebook
  • Join In and Sing CD
    Join In and Sing CD
  • 3 Colorful Posters
    3 Colorful Posters
  • 2 High-Quality Puppets (Boy & Girl)
    2 High-Quality Puppets (Boy & Girl)
  • 4 Listening Rules Cards
    4 Listening Rules Cards
  • 1 Set of Feelings Cards
    1 Set of Feelings Cards
  • Take-Home Activities and Family Letters
    Take-Home Activities and Family Letters
  • Streaming Lesson Media
    Streaming Lesson Media

Weekly Themes

Skills and concepts are taught through short, daily activities that take 5–7 minutes each, with little or no preparation time needed.

  • UNIT 1
    Skills for Learning
    • Welcoming
    • Listening
    • Focusing Attention
    • Self-Talk
    • Following Directions
    • Asking for What You Need or Want
  • UNIT 2
    • Identifying Feelings (happy, sad)
    • More Feelings (surprised, scared)
    • Identifying Anger
    • Same or Different Feelings
    • Accidents
    • Caring and Helping
  • UNIT 3
    Emotion Management
    • We Feel Feelings in Our Bodies (worried)
    • Strong Feelings (frustrated)
    • Naming Feelings
    • Managing Disappointment
    • Managing Anger
    • Managing Waiting
  • UNIT 4
    Friendship Skills and Problem Solving
    • Fair Ways to Play (play together, trade, take turns)
    • Having Fun with Friends
    • Inviting to Play
    • Joining In with Play
    • Saying the Problem
    • Thinking of Solutions
    • Speaking Up Assertively
  • UNIT 5
    Transitioning to Kindergarten
    • Learning in Kindergarten
    • Riding the Kindergarten Bus
    • Making New Friends in Kindergarten
  • SEL Early Learning-Grade 8
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The concepts are presented in age-appropriate puppet scripts, and the songs are easy to memorize. My students’ reactions were immediate, and I saw them generalize their understanding to classroom interactions within days.

Alisa Dunn, PreK Teacher, Irving, TX

Program Samples

Take a closer look at Second Step Early Learning.

Comprehensive Staff Training

The Second Step® Early Learning Staff-Training Toolkit is newly revised to be more engaging and easier to use. Download sample staff-training slides (PPT). The Staff-Training Toolkit is available with product registration and includes:

  • EL kick off meeings

    Two new versions of the Kick-Off Meeting—one for groups, one for individuals

  • EL Engaging Videos

    Engaging videos on social-emotional learning, problem behaviors, executive function, and self-regulation

  • El Infographic like handouts

    Infographic-like handouts that reinforce key concepts

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The Brain Builder games really do help the children develop their executive-function skills. Especially their inhibitory control, because I can tell that they’re able to stop themselves and they’re able to wait.

Karen Virta, Classroom Teacher, Everett Community College Early Learning Center, Everett, WA

    What other products are available for Early Learning?

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    Second Step® Child Protection Unit

    Nothing is more important than protecting children from abuse—and doing so takes vigilance on everyone’s part. To truly make a difference, both adults and children need to be educated.

    The Child Protection Unit includes staff training, student lessons, and family materials to ensure everyone involved in the lives of children has the proper foundation to recognize, report, and prevent child abuse.

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  • Spanish Materials

    Spanish-Language Materials

    Get online resources, family materials, and products that support native, dual-language, and immersion education.

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Executive Function: Skills for a Lifetime

Second Step Early Learning has been shown to improve young students’ executive-function skills—like attention, memory, and self-control—which are not only predictive of Kindergarten readiness but are essential for success in and outside the classroom.

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