Guidance Curricula and Instruction
We want your child to be as successful as possible at school. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. Social and emotional learning is the process by which children acquire the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, make responsible decisions and constructively handle social situations. The school social worker delivers instruction in these areas weekly in grades PreK-6.
The Second Step curriculum, utilized by TCS for over twenty years, is a school based skills curriculum with the goal of reducing aggression and promoting social competence in children. The program teaches skills in the following four areas: Skills for Learning, Empathy, Emotion Management and Problem Solving.
Throughout the year, your child will be bringing home Home Links that go with several of the Second Step lessons. Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows!
Bullying Prevention Unit
The goals of the Bullying Prevention Unit are to foster a school culture of safety and respect for all, and to develop students' skills for first recognizing, then reporting, and finally refusing bullying. Building upon the social-emotional learning skills taught in the Second Step Curriculum, the Bullying Prevention Unit teaches students how to apply the skills needed in the event they are being bullied or if they are bystanders to bullying.
Child Protection Unit
Again building upon the social-emotional and assertiveness skills taught in the Second Step curriculum, the Child Protection Unit helps students develop skills that will help keep them safe from dangerous and abusive situations.
The Zones of Regulation
The Zones is a curriculum written and created by Leah M. Kuypers designed to foster self-regulation and emotional control.
The goal is to help children recognize their feelings and build a toolbox of strategies that may be used to remain calm or regain a sense of self-control.
Supplemental curricula includes:
- Quit it! A Teacher's Guide on Teasing and Bullying for Use with Students in Grades K
- Bully Proof A Teacher's Guide on Teasing and Bullying for Use with Fourth and Fifth Grade Students
- Peace Corps Classroom Activities