Online Resources

  • (K-1st) Life’s Little Lessons is a fantastic digital collection of resources based on the PBS show, “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood”. It uses Fred Rogers’ social-emotional learning curriculum to teach children how to manage emotions and develop key social skills
  • (K-2nd) Kelso’s Choice, the social-emotional program that we use in all of the primary grades, has released some awesome videos and activities for your child to continue learning and practicing how to solve their small problems. Find a great 10-minute video here that shows kids using the problem solving wheel (PDF of wheel here) at school. Kelso’s Choice has also released their entire Willow Pond story series as videos and PDFs. These are fantastic, engaging stories that really reinforce the learning. I highly recommend reading or watching these with your child
      • Story 1: “Willow Pond” (video, PDF)
      • Story 2: “A Visitor” (video, PDF)
      • Story 3: “The Fly Boys” (video, PDF)
      • Story 4: “The Benson Blues” (video, PDF)
      • Story 5: “The Houseboat” (video, PDF)
  • (K-2nd) ClassDojo is such a great online resource that has short videos that teach kids about many different topics such as; moods and attitudes, positive thinking, big challenges, empathy, mindfulness, and more. The videos are short and even come with conversation starters for parents and kids to talk about the message of the video together
  • (K-2nd) The Character Tree is a treasure trove of videos that teach students about positive character traits. Episodes talk about traits such as; teamwork, empathy, respect, hope, perseverance, and so many more! In response to COVID-19, all videos are free for families to view through June. All you need to do is sign up here
  • (K-3rd) The Imagine Neighborhood is a great new podcast for children and their families that talks about feelings. I can’t recommend this podcast enough!
  • (K-5th) Emotional ABCs in a great online resource that families can subscribe to and pay a monthly fee (ranges $10-15/month) to access many social emotional lessons and activities. The lessons focus on social-emotional skills that support school readiness, learning to cope with frustration, and skills to manage impulse control 
  • (K-5th) Second Step is classic and widely used social-emotional curriculum. In response to the COVID-19 virus situation, they have released their online streaming media and lessons for free. You can find tons of lessons for each grade level on topics like how to calm down, social problem-solving skills, and skills for learning. All you need to do is create an account and enter the activation key: “SSPE FAMI LY68”
  • (K-8th) Leader in Me has awesome lessons on leadership. Their focus is on emphasizing and teaching the 7 Habits of Happy Kids. There are tons of wonderful free resources on this site

  • (K-5th) Mind Yeti is one of my favorite mindfulness resources to use with students and they have just released 19 of their mindfulness videos to stream for free! Videos are usually five minutes or less and focus on mindfulness skills such as; breathing, calming the mind, listening to your body, and focus and attention
  • (K-5th) Mindful Schools offered wonderful live mindfulness classes for kids in March and April. They are not making any more live classes at the moment, but you can view all 10 the classes they did here. Classes involve mindful activities, movement, read alouds, and much more!
  • (K-8th) Go Zen is a program to help kids learn strategies to manage stress and build resilience
  • (K-8th) Looking for an app to de-stress with and practice mindfulness? I recommend “MyLife” for K-5th grade, and “Calm” or “Headspace” for K-8th grade. Headspace is also currently offering free a mindfulness program (best for middle schoolers and parents), called Weathering the Storm. See additional recommended mindfulness apps and reviews from Common Sense Media here

  • (K-8th) If you’re looking to pass some time with a movie, Common Sense Media put together a list of movies that inspire empathy. You can search for movies by age and all their recommendations come with questions to talk to your kids about that will spark great social-emotional dialog
  • (K-8th) Common Sense Media also created a list of the top 29 apps and games that foster emotional intelligence 
  • (K-8th) A fellow school counselor came up with some great questions you can ask your child that will turn any old screen time into an opportunity for rich social-emotional dialog and learning