Parent FAQs

Do you have an overview of the Emotional ABCs program?

Emotional ABCs is a skills-based social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum for children ages 4-11 which teaches foundational emotional skills. Our program follows the national guidelines established by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the leading curriculum development group for SEL skills. Emotional ABCs has received awards from a wide spectrum of organizations including a “Top Pick” from Common Sense Media, the “Revere” Award from the Association of American Publishers, and an “Able Play” Award for children with special needs.

We offer two types of subscriptions to parents: a Free Parent subscription and a Premium Parent subscription. Both plans offer our complete social emotional learning (SEL) curriculum in a format that can be done by one or more children from home.

FREE PARENT: The Free Parent subscription includes the full scope of our curriculum, presented in videos, along with most of our program printables which are designed to reinforce concepts presented by the videos.

PREMIUM PARENT: The Premium Parent subscription is a more robust presentation of our curriculum. It uses the same skill-building videos found in the Free Parent version but adds 100+ online and offline activities, plus games and rewards that reinforce and expand these newly introduced skills. The Premium Parent program is divided into 10 Units, each with a set of Lessons, Rewards, and Certificates. Activities are varied to reach all types of learners and to maintain a child’s interest. Parents love our premium account for the ease of independent learning. However, if you are looking for an SEL curriculum that is parent-led, the Premium Parent subscription also offers access to all the Teacher Workshops and resources found in our Emotional ABCs Classroom program.

What are Emotional Skills?

The leading authority on social emotional learning, The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Success (CASEL), defines social-emotional skills by using several important areas of competencies. These areas include Self-Awareness, Social-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision-Making, and Relationship Skills. Most social-emotional learning (SEL) programs work to teach students skills in these competencies.

How can Emotional Skills help my child?

Emotional skills can help your child make good decisions, especially in emotionally stressful situations because emotional skills help a child understand what they are feeling, discern the feelings of others, and evaluate their choices of action instead reacting impulsively. With strong emotional skills, children have the tools to make considered choices and are much more able to weather emotional storms. And, years of research has shown that children learn best and are most successful when they can better regulate their emotions.

What is included in the Free Parent version?

1. All of our Emotional ABCs curriculum videos
2. 60+ Printables that reinforce skills introduced in the videos
3. Word Searches to practice a new emotional vocabulary
4. Moody Music library

What is included in the Premium Parent Subscription?
  1. Full access to our complete program, including our Lesson List, My Board, Emotional ABCs Playbook, Moodlandia game, and more than 100+ online and offline activities organized in a fully rounded Social Emotional Learning curriculum
  2. A Lesson List which includes Ten Units of consecutive learning activities that build step-by-step to provide a child with an expanded emotional vocabulary and full set of SEL tools
  3. My Board - Games, puzzles, and drawing activities that are earned as rewards for completing the lessons and Units
  4. Moody’s Emotional Dictionary – a relatable, visual dictionary filled with important emotional vocabulary words and phrases
  5. 100+ printables (both low ink and full color) including Playing Cards and Word Searches
  6. Ability to print personalized Unit Certificates and the Final Diploma
  7. Ability to draw, save, and print personal artwork that is done within the program
  8. Expansion of the program to include The Emotional ABCs Playbook – a quick guide of typically useful actions to take in emotional situations
  9. Access to the Moodlandia game – a way for children to practice their emotional skills in hypothetical situations. Children help our character, Moody, get through emotionally challenging situations that happen in a school day.
  10. Full access to our entire Emotional ABCs Classroom Curriculum – includes 20 sequential Workshops designed for in-class use plus additional educational materials and resources. Useful for homeschoolers, the Premium Parent version includes our complete Classroom Social Emotional Learning curriculum. This program is currently being used by over 55,000 schools across the USA. Click here for Teacher Workshop details.
If I upgrade to a Premium Parent program, will it matter that my child has gone through the Free version?

Our curriculum videos are just the beginning, by upgrading to the Premium Parent version, your child can take advantage of the robust plan of study presented by the online and offline activities within the Lesson List, My Board, Emotional ABCs Playbook, and Moodlandia game. They will feel motivated earning Certificates and a Diploma while doing so.

How is the Emotional ABCs program different from the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum at my child’s school?

Schools that teach SEL curriculums are offering a great service to their students and families of their community. These programs often focus on social skills such as developing empathy, anti-bullying, understanding diversity, and team-building.

Our program teaches all competencies of SEL learning as outlined by The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Success (CASEL), but we have a specific emphasis on teaching children the fundamentals of basic personal emotional skills. These include, most importantly, the ability to identify, communicate, and effectively manage one’s own emotions. By building these strong individual emotional skills at home (skills which are often not included within a school SEL program), a child will have an increased ability to participate in school SEL curriculums, many of which focus on group social skills.

What is your pedagogical approach?

We use established pedagogical guidelines which are proven to promote skill-building. These include:
1. Making the goal clear
2. Presenting a model for the user to observe and copy
3. Introducing opportunities to practice the new skill
4. Offering chances to use the new skill ‘in real time’
5. Rewarding consistent effort
6. Creating a sequence that builds on previously mastered skills

Our Lesson List, which is available in the Premium Parent subscription, is the basis for the complete sequential Emotional ABCs curriculum and demonstrates our pedagogical approach. Each Unit contains videos with supporting activities. Rewards are found on My Board.

At what age should I start my child on the program?

Emotional ABCs is designed to be fun, useful, and educational for children ages 4 and up but because each child learns differently, this will depend on your child. Developmentally, it is appropriate for very young children to act impulsively, but around the age of 4 years old, many children can start to better control some of their reactions. Refer to News to learn more about developmental timelines for emotional skills.

​My child is an emergent reader. Can they use your program?

We have added audio to most aspects of our program so a non-reader or an emergent reader can easily follow our instructions. However, some activities require elementary word recognition.

My child is on the autism spectrum or has Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or has anxiety or other learning challenges. Is Emotional ABCs right for my child?

Emotional ABCs should never be used to diagnose or treat a mental health problem or as a substitute for consulting a medical or mental health professional. Mental health diagnoses and treatment should be provided only by a qualified mental health professional. (See Disclaimer.)

If you are considering using our program to help with a child on the spectrum or with special needs, our program’s efficacy is greatly dependent on the individual child. For some children on the spectrum, for example, learning to identify sensations, facial expression clues, emotions, and how to work through these emotions is extremely difficult. However, many parents and teachers of children with autism or other challenges have had much success using our program. Also, teachers in more than 10,000 Special Education classrooms across the country use our program and find it extremely helpful for their children and students. In fact, we received an award from ‘Able Play,’ an organization that rates program’s usefulness for children with special needs.

Our Premium Parent program uses varied educational approaches to appeal to as many types of learners as possible. These include peer-to-peer video teaching, animation, an affable cartoon character named Moody, music, visuals, drawings, and online and offline games. If you are unsure if our program will appeal to your learner, we suggest you sign up for our Free Parent option and gauge your own child’s level of interest.

Feel free to go to our Facebook Reviews page at  www.facebook.com/EmotionalABCs/reviews to see recent Teacher and Parent reviews (many of these are from Special Ed classes.)

​Can Emotional ABCs be done offline?

There are over 100 printables available that support the online program. Also, a library of Moody Cards can be printed. Children can use these cards to play matching games, card games, and other unplugged activities.

​I am a homeschooler. Can I get the Premium Parent subscription for free?

No. Many companies that create programs used by homeschoolers are reimbursed by the government and can therefore offer their programs for free to homeschoolers. These large companies are providing complete curriculums equal to a full day of school on all subjects. We do not get reimbursed by the government, do not have the facility to do so, and therefore are not able to offer our program free to home educators. However, we have included our entire Emotional ABCs Classroom Curriculum within the low-cost Premium Parent subscription.