Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL)

Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL)

Wausau School District

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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 in the 4K & Early Childhood Programs?

4K & Early Childhood Programs use 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.

4K & Early Childhood students are recognized for good behavior:

          Follow directions

          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

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This model supports social and emotional competence in infants and young children.