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In keeping with the underlying principles of Dr. Donna Housman’s evidence-based begin to ECSEL approach, ECSELent Adventures engages children as young as preschool in opportunities to learn to identify, understand, express and regulate their emotions and those of others. ECSELent Adventures sets the stage throughout the day, every day, in the classroom and at home, for children to learn to become the boss of all their emotions- big and small.
Just like all of us, they have feelings that can seem big and overwhelming. Sometimes feelings are comfy, sometimes they are prickly. And that's okay! All feelings are natural. It's what we do with those feelings that matter. Learning to cope with our daily challenges, and the emotions that arise can help us gain important lifelong skills. We become better learners, better friends, and better members of our world.
Hemmy and Shemmy invite children as young as preschool to join them as they explore, discover, and begin to understand the big world of their own emotions and those of others. Along with their friends and family, Hemmy and Shemmy head off on daily "adventures" that everyone can identify with and recognize. These fun and familiar "adventures" spark conversations and introduce young children to emotions, helping them to learn to identify, express, understand, and have those very important conversations about feelings. Through ECSELent Adventures children will be given the opportunity to not only talk about what Hemmy and Shemmy and their friends are experiencing but also how those "adventures" make them feel, connecting to situations in their own everyday "adventures."
Hemmy and Shemmy’s ECSELent Adventures can be easily brought into the classroom and creates a perfect accompaniment to circle time, they are also wonderful for at-home use. These super fun and engaging scenario cards show Hemmy, Shemmy, and their friends in everyday relatable situations that reveal many different emotions. These wonderful cards can be used in conjunction with the ECSELent Adventures' rich lesson plans. They can also be used as a tool to support students with their many emotions throughout the day. Children discover how to work through a problem and create different and positive outcomes while learning how to manage and cope with BIG feelings in the heat of the moment.
Part of the power of ECSELent Adventures are the relationships children will build with the ECSELent Adventures' characters. Hemmy and Shemmy. These special friends come to life as members of the everyday classroom. Not only are Hemmy and Shemmy featured in each scenario card they are also included in puppet form for educators to bring into circle time, storytime, and anytime emotions need to be addressed. Teachers are provided with expert guidance, training and suggested scripting to ensure that students build a relationship with the puppets As the lessons of ECSELent Adventures become infused into all moments in the classroom, educators will find they will reach for the puppets throughout the day everyday to help children express and manage their emotions.
To help streamline the implementation of ECSELent Adventures, the program has weekly lessons that support the implementation of the ECSEL philosophy. These lessons guide teachers on how to implement the 10 Topics the program covers, while providing guidance on how to properly engage students in their big emotions.
This versatile foundational tool provides unlimited opportunities to begin recognizing, identifying, understanding, and expressing emotions children experience throughout their day.
These cards serve as a visual resource to help educators of young children promote emotional literacy around 15 frequently experienced emotions.
Training for educators is at the heart of everything we do at Housman Institute and our ECSELent Adventures Program is no exception. ECSELent Adventures online training is designed to help educators understand important cornerstones of the begin to ECSEL approach within the context of an ECSELent Adventures session. This online training is an essential part of the ECSELent Adventures program to provide educators with the tools and techniques they need to have an effective and successful implementation of the program.
Through hands-on, interactive activities and resources, educators will be able to understand the purpose behind each tool and technique, learn how to use and implement them during an ECSELent Adventures session, adapt the ECSELent Adventures curriculum content to suit the needs of the students in their classroom, and use our tools and techniques to improve students’ emotional competence, self-regulation, and empathy throughout and beyond the ECSELent Adventures program. This online training is self-paced comprising of three-courses, approximately one hour each in length to complete.
The ECSELent Adventures Online Training program is divided into three sequential courses:
Through ECSELent Adventures, children will soon learn to recognize how their everyday and classroom experiences are similar to what Hemmy and Shemmy and friends are encountering in the scenario cards. Working together with their teachers and friends children will come up with solutions and remember how best to manage their feelings when a prickly or uncomfortable situation arises in their world next time. At home, the series is also a wonderful tool for families to come together and have conversations about feelings. Experiencing ECSELent Adventures enables children to become better listeners, think about how others are feeling, understand differences, build friendships, develop empathy, and embrace diversity.