Anyone who has read aloud to children has seen that stories can evoke strong emotional responses and can stimulate new ways children view themselves and others. It is this potential for emotional and intellectual engagement that makes children’s literature such a powerful resource for anyone engaged in children’s social and emotional development. In this video series, Peg Sawyer, B.S.Ed., presents a brief overview of the field of social and emotional learning, and provides examples of literature that connect to some key developmental skill areas: self-awareness, self-management, empathy, dealing with conflict, and problem-solving. Sawyer is a Trainer and Coach with the Open Circle program.

Using Children's Literature to Support Social and Emotional Learning Part 1:
In part 1 of this video, Sawyer discusses the skills children can develop in the area of self awareness.





Using Children's Literature to Support Social and Emotional Learning Part 2:
In part 2 of this video, Sawyer discusses the skills children can develop in the area of self management.




Using Children's Literature to Support Social and Emotional Learning Part 3:
In part 3 of this video, Sawyer discusses the books that focus on social awareness issues.




Using Children's Literature to Support Social and Emotional Learning Part 4:
In part 4 of this video, Sawyer discusses the books that connect to responsible decision making.




Using Children's Literature to Support Social and Emotional Learning Part 5:
In part 5 of this video, Sawyer talks about the one book a school should have that discusses bullying.