Children’s Books for Teaching SEL

As we know, the first years – preschool and early elementary school ages – are critical for social-emotional learning development. Identifying and regulating emotions, awareness of others and self, seeing and respecting different perspectives, making friends and developing relationships, and learning to walk in someone else’s shoes (empathy), and more, are developed in these years. […]

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Case Study: Peekapak in a PBIS Classroom

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing behavioral supports and social culture to help students achieve social, emotional and academic success. Renee Gogolewski is a Kindergarten teacher at Woodson Kindergarten Center in Austin, MN. She was seeking a program to complement her center’s PBIS focus. For more information on PBIS, click here. […]

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4 Guiding Principles for Early Learning & Technology Integration: Review of Official DOE Policy Brief

By Dr. Jennifer Williams, Professor for Saint Leo University in the College of Education As Peekapak founder, Ami Shah, and I set out to create an immersive and interactive session for our upcoming FETC presentation titled “Trending Topics in Early Literacy: Practices and Tools for the Early Childhood Classroom,” we sought ways to share relevant, research-based […]

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Teacher Spotlight: Heather Gibson’s “Flower Project”

We recently connected with Heather Gibson, School Guidance Counselor at Hatikvah International Academy Charter School in East Brunswick, NJ. Heather showed us her “Flower Project” and we are so excited to share this with the Peekapak community!   What is the Flower Project? In the Flower Project, students create a unique flower representing who they are. This character education lesson gives students […]

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Summer Learning Opportunities

Looking to incorporate social and emotional learning into your home this summer? Look no further! We’ve come up with a list of summer learning opportunities for you and your child! As defined by CASEL, social and emotional learning is the process through which adults and children develop skills that help them understand and manage emotions, make […]

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Teaching Courage at Home

When teaching courage at home, it’s important to provide as many opportunities as possible for children to see courage being modeled in everyday situations. Children need to learn that acts of courage can be big or small, and can be demonstrated by anyone. More importantly, they need to learn that you don’t need to be […]

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