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ECSELent Adventures is our social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum and classroom experience. This curriculum program engages young children from preschool through second grade in opportunities to learn how to identify, understand, express, and regulate emotions, and develop empathy, prosocial, and problem-solving skills through scenarios about family, cultural differences, social situations, and so much more.
The ECSELent Adventures program provides educators and families with the tools to foster and improve the social-emotional learning experience for children. Through this program, children are afforded rich social-emotional learning opportunities that are relevant and relatable to their everyday experiences and their emotions.
Hear our founder, Dr. Donna Housman, introduce ECSELent Adventures.
Browse the physical and digital materials in each classroom kit
Our Emotions Cards
Our durable, expertly crafted Our Emotions Cards are designed to be used anywhere children experience emotions. Our Emotions Cards are perfect for teachers, caregivers, and families as a tool that helps children recognize, identify, understand, and express their emotions. It includes:
Hemmy (/hEH-mee/) and Shemmy (/shEH-mee/), our brother and sister otter ambassadors and main characters of ECSELent Adventures, invite young children to join them as they explore, discover, and understand the big world of their own emotions and those of others. The ECSELent Adventures curriculum package will include our otterly adorable Hemmy and Shemmy puppets. Our Hemmy and Shemmy puppets are a useful classroom resource as they help children discuss and connect to their feelings.
The ECSELent Adventures Scenario Cards include Hemmy, Shemmy, and all their pals in everyday situations and challenges that children can relate to and understand. Each scenario card (size 12x17) corresponds with an ECSELent Adventures curriculum topic and can be used and reused, even during everyday classroom moments. Each scenario card is double-sided with illustrations on the front and conversation guides and question prompts on the back.
Training for educators is at the heart of everything we do at Housman Institute, and our ECSELent Adventures Program is no exception. The ECSELent Adventures online training is designed to help educators understand important cornerstones of the ECSEL approach within the context of ECSELent Adventures. This self-paced, 3-hour online training is comprised of interactive activities, scenarios, and ample resources to equip educators with the tools and techniques they need to have an effective and successful implementation of the program. The training is divided into three sequential courses:
Our ECSELent Adventures program has 40 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. Each lesson has a full digital version and a lite printable version.
We want to help educators feel informed and prepared to implement this wonderful program to the best of their ability and to be able to teach their students how to successfully identify, understand, express, and manage their emotions each and every day.
The ECSELent Adventures Educator Guide is filled with extensive age-appropriate curriculum implementation tips, in-depth information about the ECSELent Adventures products and curriculum, and resources to support educators in explaining emotions, feelings, and any related vocabulary to their students, and so much more. Educators can use this downloadable digital guide as a reference to answer any questions they may have about the ECSELent Adventures program, curriculum, and tools as they embark on this new adventure with their students.
ECSELent Adventures curriculum was designed to complement and seamlessly integrate into any existing curriculum. Our curriculum provides ample extended learning opportunities to support positive learning outcomes for all children and they are aligned with CASEL, Head Start, and SEL standards in each state. Contact us to request a sample lesson plan.