The Importance of Nature & Play
“Research shows that children who engage in complex forms of socio-dramatic play have greater language skills, better social skills, more empathy, more imagination, and more of the subtle capacity to know what others mean. They are less aggressive and show more self-control and higher levels of thinking.”
The value of play-based education, New York Times (May, 2015): Let the Kids Learn Through Play
The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defines itself as "a trusted source for knowledge about high-quality, evidence-based social and emotional learning (SEL). CASEL supports educators and policy leaders and enhances the experiences and outcomes for all PreK-12 students". Click on the graphic below to find out more about each of the five core competency areas addressed through SEL.
Find more information below about social-emotional learning, LMP's Second Step curriculum, and useful practices to implement at home.