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, and the “Revere” Award from the Association of American Publishers. Other recent accolades include the 2020 CODiE Award, recognition from the American Association of School Libraries (AASL), and the Gold Stevie Award. Our Emotional ABCs curriculum is now used by parents in 120 countries and by educators in more than 118,000 schools worldwide.
Parent subscriptions offer a complete Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum in a format that children can do with minimal supervision. The evidence-based program uses a full curriculum of videos in conjunction with more than 100 sequential online and offline skill-building activities, plus games and rewards that reinforce and expand these newly introduced skills.The 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 all Parent subscriptions, 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.
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.
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.
Every child is different and your child’s response and results after using our program may differ from another child’s response and results. Although many parents and teachers have had success using our program, Emotional ABCs is offered “as is” and we do not guarantee responses or results in any way. Our program is designed to offer tools that may help children who are finding it difficult to identify sensations, facial expressions, emotional clues, and how to work through these emotions. Teachers and counselors in more than 38,000 Special Education classrooms across the country have signed up for our program.
Our 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 watch our Intro video to help gauge your own child’s level of interest.
(Emotional ABCs is not medical or mental health advice and should never be considered as a substitute for consulting a medical or mental health professional. Medical or mental health diagnoses and treatment should be provided only by a qualified medical or mental health professional. See Disclaimer.)
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Emotional ABCs is an online program, but our 100+ printables allow for offline review, activities and games. For example, a library of Moody Cards can be printed. Children can use these cards to play matching games, card games, and other unplugged activities.
No. Our program is not free to home educators. Many companies that create full day school programs used by homeschoolers are reimbursed by the government and can therefore offer their programs free to home educators. We do not get reimbursed by the government and are therefore not able to offer our program free to these customers. If you are interested in other homeschool options, please consider our Premium Single User and Premium Group offerings.