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Lanesboro Public Schools receives grant to implement a curriculum for social emotional learning

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LANESBORO, Minn. (KTTC) -

For a child, going to school might make them feel nervous.

Saying see you later to their parents and spending the day with strangers might make them nervous, but Lanesboro Public Schools is getting a new curriculum to help children cope and deal with their emotions.

Lanesboro Public Schools has received a grant of $8,838 dollars to implement a curriculum for social emotional learning for kids in daycare through kindergarten and beyond.

Daycare Aide Allyson Evans said one of the benefits of the curriculum is that it " familiarize themselves with other people instead of just their family, so that when they come to school and stuff they won't be as scared, that they'll already feel comfortable."

The grant not only allows them to develop that curriculum, but they will also be able to come up with teaching techniques to teach students about social emotional learning.

Social emotional learning focuses on making sure young kids are ready to socialize with the their peers, are ready for team work and are able to control their emotions if they get upset.

Superintendent Matt Schultz said a program like this is important because if children cannot self regulate or control their emotions, it becomes difficult for them to focus on academics and learn.

"It's really about how kids can learn to self regulate kind of their emotions, learn to work with other kids, learn how to interact with their caregivers, so adults here in daycare, adults in kindergarten," he said. "Really, it's something  that can set them up for success long term." 

As children grow and develop, and learn to socialize, some might have behavioral problems.

The goal of the curriculum is to prepare young children for school, and support their social emotional skills as those skills develop.

Teachers and staff will meet and talk about a common language that they would use, so that the program can be implemented across all age levels.

"Social Emotional Learning is an area that we knew we could really align birth through high school," said Schultz. "We're a PBIS school so we use positive behavioral intervention strategies at the high school, but it's really about regulating your own behavior."

And everyone at Lanesboro Public Schools is there to help, in any way they can.

"Seeing all these guys and then just thinking about like kids older, just like they definitely change to their own little selves, and you can tell their personalities now and like how their going to be when they're older," said Evans.

The program will begin this Spring, and Superintendent Schultz said they hope to have their professional development sessions at the end of February.

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