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Second Step® Early Learning Teacher's Guide: Part 1
Make a Strong Start
It’s exciting to welcome early learners into the classroom and start a new year with Second Step Early Learning. This guide offers tips on how to prepare for success and use the Second Step Early Learning Weekly Themes to connect with children and help them develop social-emotional skills for life.
Preparing for Success
- Register on SecondStep.org
- Join the Second Step® Educator Community
- Go through the provided training
- Place program posters where everyone can see them to reinforce key social-emotional learning (SEL) concepts from the first day of school
- Establish a regular schedule for both Weekly Themes and daily activities (we’ve included a weekly planning template to help): these routines will help create smoother transitions with fewer disruptions
- Identify a few key concepts to reinforce each week, which will start to build a common language around social-emotional development that your children will understand
- Share the Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL Matters video with families
This is the official website for the Second Step® family of programs where you can register with the program activation key in your kit. You’ll then be able to access digital teaching materials and additional training and support resources.
Kickoff TrainingLogin Required
These training resources, available in English and Spanish, provide a complete walk-through of Second Step Early Learning. Whether you’re new to the program or have years of experience, this training includes everything you need to know about the program and SEL.
Week-at-a-Glance SheetsLogin Required
These summaries of what children will learn, practice, and need reinforced throughout the program are great for a quick review before teaching each Weekly Theme.
Weekly Plan TemplateLogin Required
This simple worksheet can be used to help plan the Weekly Theme and daily activities.
Social-Emotional Learning: What Is SEL and Why SEL MattersLogin Required
Join the Second Step® Educator Community
Tap into the collective wisdom of thousands of teachers around the nation—and the expertise of Committee for Children staff—in this free professional learning community (hosted on Facebook). Ask questions, learn in the company of peers, and share experiences and ideas to improve the program.
Visit the community’s Facebook page to join.