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     Character Education at Stockbridge Valley 
     
    2nd step We all want our children to be successful. Success in school is not just about reading and math. It is also about knowing how to learn and how to get along with others. We will be using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom to teach these critical skills.

    The Second Step program teaches skills in the following four areas:

    1. Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help with schoolwork.

    2. Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

    3. Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.

    4. Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

    Your child will be learning a lot this year—and he or she will need your help! Throughout the year, your child will be bringing home "Home Links" that go with several of the Second Step lessons. Home Links are simple, fun activities for you and your child to complete together. They are a great way for you to understand what your child is learning and for your child to show you what he or she knows.

     
    Another way you can reinforce character education at home is by logging in to Second Step at www.secondstep.org and refer to the following activation keys by grade level:
     
    Kindergarten: SSPK  FAMI  LY70
     
    First Grade:  SSP1  FAMI  LY71 
     
    Second Grade: SSP2  FAMI  LY72 
     
    Third Grade:  SSP3  FAMI  LY73 
     
    Fourth Grade:  SSP4  FAMI  LY74 
     
    Fifth Grade: SSP5  FAMI  LY75 
     
    Sixth Grade:  SSP6 FAMI LY12