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Hemmy
Shemmy

Hemmy and Shemmy are a brother and sister who, like all of us, have feelings. Sometimes those feelings can seem big and overwhelming and sometimes they can seem small and niggling. Sometimes they are happy, sometimes sad, sometimes angry, and sometimes even afraid. And that’s okay! All feelings are natural. It’s what we do with them that matters, because things happen in our everyday life that can bring on all sorts of emotions in us, emotions that can be hard to manage and understand. But learning to cope with our daily challenges in life and the emotions that come with them can help us not only to become better learners but also are an important foundation for our mental health, well-being, and success.

In keeping with the underlying principles of Dr. Donna Housman’s evidence-based begin to ECSEL approach, Hemmy and Shemmy’s ECSELent Adventures promote the emotional, cognitive, and social early learning skills necessary for lifelong learning, mental health, well-being, and success. In “Shemme’s Stormy Day” for example, Shemmy experiences a buildup of uncomfortable, frustrated, “prickly” emotions. Shemmy’s emotions eventually bubble over and she takes her frustration out on a friend. Through the story, Shemmy goes through the process of emotional identification, expression, understanding, and finally, regulation—all key skills to building our emotional intelligence, which is so critical to our success in life. This story also casts a light on the importance of empathy and other emotional, cognitive, and social early learning skills recognized globally as instrumental in children’s success.

Through their daily adventures, Hemmy and Shemmy invite children, their parents, and their caregivers to join them and their friends as they navigate and seek to understand the big world outside them and the big world within.
Dr. Donna Housman, Ed.D

Dr. Donna Housman, Ed.D