“Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions” according to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). Growing with GOD weaves in tenets of the Catholic faith to help children develop socially, emotionally, and in their relationship with Christ.
Examples from the following lessons include:
Digital Discipleship, Kindergarten: Children are taught that as followers of Jesus it is important know and follow safety guidelines when using digital devices.
Friendship and Bullying, Grade 1: Students learn that the Holy Spirit calls us to friendship with God and one another.
My Sacred Self, Grade 2: Children learn that God wants us to treat others with dignity and respect and to express our feelings in healthy ways.
Friendship and Bullying, Grade 3: Students are taught that just like Jesus, it is important to welcome others.
Digital Discipleship, Grade 4: Children learn to ask the Holy Spirit for guidance, particularly as it relates to privacy and staying safe online.
Boundaries lesson, Grade 5: Students learn that as children of God, we are all deserving of respect and that we should empathize with others.
Friendship and Bullying, Grade 6: Students ask the Holy Spirit for guidance in demonstrating respect for others while maintaining their personal safety and dignity.
Friendship and Bullying, Grade 7: Students learn to stand with others who are bullied or marginalized.
Friendship and Bullying, Grade 8: Students come to understand they are instruments of God’s peace and learn to form their conscience through empathy.
By incorporating social and emotional learning methodologies and authentic teachings of the Catholic church, the Growing with GOD program provides children with the tools to become more self- and socially- aware, develop relationship skills, and practice responsible and moral decision making.