Social and Emotional Learning Modules for Schools

 

Children’s development within and understanding of the world and their life-long role cannot be solely explored through their academic curriculum. It is imperative that the development of the whole child is acknowledge and supported by including social and emotional learning opportunities within their school day.

Over the past 9 years Jo Hamilton has researched, created and presented SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) modules based on the specific needs and developmental stage of each grade. Jo presents these stand-alone modules to learners in a variety of school settings. The modules can be presented during the learners’ Life Skills lessons or in a block of time.

The learners thrive in this relevant, flexible learning environment that acknowledges, supports and extends their emotional and social development. In particular, the learners benefit from Jo’s highly developed listening skills and rich understanding of their social and emotional complexities as a psychologist. Simultaneously Jo is able to draw upon her teaching background to structure and present the module in a clear and efficient manner.

  • BULLY BLOCKING (Grade 1, 2 and 3): How to stand up to bullies and meanness through story telling and a few assertiveness tools (Total: 1 hour)
  • FRIENDSHIP (Grade 4 and 5): how to make friends, identifying true friendship, finding your tribe, friendship bricks & friendship bombs, friendship first aid. (Total: 4 hours)
  • GROUP WORK SKILLS (Grade 4 and 5): characteristics of effective and ineffective groups, personal contribution towards the success/failure of a group, how to work in a group, roles within a group, navigating group ‘hot spots’. (Total: 3 hours)
  • RESILIENCE (Grade 4, 5, 6, 7): What is resilience? Helpful and unhelpful thinking, managing thought bombs such as generalizing, mind reading, exaggerating, catastrophizing, learning to not sweat the small stuff, assessing worries, blame fairly, using thought chops. (Total: 4 hours)
  • ASSERTIVENESS (Grade 4, 5, 6, 7): learn 20 different tools that help you to be assertive based on Jo Hamilton’s book The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids (Total: 5 hours)
  • PERCEPTIONS, STEREOTYPES, AND PREJUDICE (Grade 5, 6 and 7): This module challenges the accuracy of first impressions by highlighting the role of one’s perceptions and understanding in judging and interacting with people. Various stereotypes are explored and through an experiential exercise the learners discuss feelings, thoughts and behaviours evoked by prejudice. (Total: 4 hours)
  • PEER PRESSURE (Grade 6 and 7): What is peer pressure? Why is it hard to resist? Tools and tips to help manage peer pressure. (Total: 3 hours)
  • BODY IMAGE, SELF-ESTEEM AND EATING DISORDERS (Grade 7 girls): Utilising many youtube clips from the Dove self esteem programme, Jo challenges young adolescents’ view of female beauty and explain the role of the media and society pressures in their self-perceptions. This includes information on the dangers of eating disorders. (Total: 4 hours)

PREVENTATIVE AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES FOR SCHOOLS

Safe touch, unsafe touch (Grade 00, 0, 1 and 2): This is a preventative programme of two 30 minute lessons held over two weeks that teaches young children about the difference between safe and unsafe touch in an age appropriate and professional manner. It empowers children with what to say and do in a situation where they feel unsafe and the importance of reporting to a trustworthy adult.

This programme includes an introductory address to parents about the contents and nature of the programme and their important role as parents and caregivers.

TEEN TALKS (Grade 5, 6 and 7): Teen Talks involves professional, developmentally appropriate discussions with young teens about the physical, social and emotional changes that occur in early adolescence.

These talks start with a presentation to parents as to the contents of the programme as well as tips and advice with regards to parenting this developmental stage.

  • Grade 5: physical changes that occur in adolescence and hygiene, Q & A (2½ hours)
  • Grade 6: female and male physiological changes and sexual reproduction, Q & A (3½ hours)
  • Grade 7: the joy and challenges of social and emotional interactions in early adolescence, personal safety, peer pressure, reputation, Q & A (4 hours)

If you are interested in Jo presenting some of her Social and Emotional Learning modules to the learners at your school please send Jo Hamilton a message on the Contact page.

“What a great idea! We sorely need therapeutic material aimed specifically at children, especially in South Africa, and this manual is an invaluable resource for young victims of bullying. Moreover, the assertiveness tools presented in this book will be useful for the social development of any child.”

Dr Brendan BelshamChild Psychiatrist and author of What's the fuss about ADHD?

“Jo Hamilton's book is as useful, quick and accessible as it professes to be. I love the analogy of equipping children with a toolbox to fix tricky situations.”

Nikki BushCreative Parenting Expert, speaker and best-selling author of Future-Proof Your Child

“I particularly liked the chapter written for bystanders – we are all responsible for standing up and speaking out when we witness wrongdoing and meanness.”

Dr Nicola DugmoreEducational Psychologist

“Bullying is an international phenomenon of endemic proportions and must be uncompromisingly addressed in every school from the top down. No professional who works with children and adolescents can afford to ignore this Toolbox for practical techniques and sound advice.”

Professor Andre VenterDevelopmental Paediatrician & Head of Department, Paediatrics, University of the Free State

“Children will appreciate Jo’s open and casual style, a delightful approach that makes a very serious and sometimes hard issue accessible, and even fun to grapple with.”

Dr Helen DooleyEducational Psychologist and co-author of The Adolescent Storm and How Children Experience Trauma and How Parents Can Help Them Cope

“Her parental tips are most useful, in particular the section on cyberbullying. This is a must read for all parents and educators.”

Sister Ann RichardsonSpecialist Nurse Practitioner
Author of Baby Sense, Sleep Sense and Toddler Sense.

“I wish I had had this book when my eldest daughter had problems being assertive at school!”

Tina OtteRegistered nurse and midwife, childbirth educator and author of Tina Otte’s Pregnancy and Birth Book

“With bullying and aggressive behaviour being an ever present and worsening phenomenon in our children’s lives, this toolbox is a very useful and practical collection of strategies that parents and children will find very helpful, and applicable in daily life.”

Dr Linda KellyChild Psychiatrist

“The book includes helpful sections on the role of the bystander in a bullying situation, and on cyberbullying. I heartily recommend this resource!”

Dr Brendan BelshamChild Psychiatrist and author of What's the fuss about ADHD?

“Most compelling about The Ultimate Assertiveness Toolbox for Kids is that this is an accessible manual for children and their parents that will help them to become empowered and learn skills that are needed, not only in times of adversity, but also to set them on a path of being assertive in the best possible way, as a life skill.”

Professor Andre VenterDevelopmental Paediatrician & Head of Department, Paediatrics, University of the Free State

“I really look forward to recommending this extremely helpful, hands-on toolbox to the children that I see who have almost given up on ever learning to cope with mean people. With the help of this book, these children will feel free again in their world.”

Dr Helen DooleyEducational Psychologist and co-author of The Adolescent Storm and How Children Experience Trauma and How Parents Can Help Them Cope

“This insightful and comprehensive toolkit can be implemented from the toddler years onwards.”

Sister Ann RichardsonSpecialist Nurse Practitioner
Author of Baby Sense, Sleep Sense and Toddler Sense.