Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL)
Wausau School District
What is Social Emotional Competence?
A child’s social and emotional competence is one of five protective factors influenced by the quality of care and education he or she receives.
The Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards provide a framework to help children develop social and emotional skills.
The brain is the only organ that changes with experience after birth. High quality infant, toddler, and pre-school experience can help shape healthy brain functioning that lasts a lifetime.
Children who have a strong social emotional foundation experience more academic success, fewer negative interactions with adults, and more friendships with peers.
Without quality interventions, children who exhibit challenging behavior in preschool tend to continue this pattern of behavior throughout school.
How do we use SEFEL at A.C. Kiefer?
A.C. Kiefer uses the SEFEL pyramid model to prevent behavior problems and improve student achievement.
At school, we are working to define, teach, and support positive behaviors to create a safe learning environment for children.
A.C. Kiefer students are recognized for good behavior:
Feet and Hands to yourself
Small voices inside, tall voices outside
Take care of things
Work together, be kind, and respect each other
Tools that we use to promote positive behavior:
Supportive, responsive relationships among children and adults.
Consistent visual cues, schedules, rules, and classroom organization throughout the building to remind children of classroom routines.
Small group facilitation and problem solving solutions to teach children social and emotional skills.
Assessment based interventions.
“Tucker Turtle, he’s our man. Make good choices, yes we can!”
SEFEL PYRAMID MODEL
This model supports social and emotional competence in infants and young children.