Merrell's Strong Start Grades K-2: A Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum, Second Edition

Authors: Sara A. Whitcomb Ph.D., Danielle M. Parisi Damico Ph.D.; Foreword Author: Hill M. Walker Ph.D.

Format: Paperback, 192 pages, 8.5 x 11.0
ISBN: 9781598579703
Price: $42.95

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Teach social-emotional competence to children Grades K–2 with the NEW edition of the Strong Start—Grades K–2 curriculum! Part of the Strong Kids™ series, Strong Start is the fun, easy way to help children develop the social-emotional skills they need to build a strong foundation for school success. Developed by a team of educational and mental health experts, this evidence-based, age-appropriate curriculum is

  • Low cost and low tech
  • Proven to help increase children's knowledge of healthy behavior
  • Easy to implement with no training required
  • Brief enough to use with any program

Through engaging classroom activities, children learn about emotions and the social-emotional skills they'll use for the rest of their lives: managing anger, reducing stress, solving interpersonal problems, and more. This scientifically based curriculum runs for 10 weeks, and lessons are easy to fit into your existing schedule. Partially scripted lessons, handouts, and worksheets are included—all photocopiable and available as downloads—so you have everything you need to implement the program with little added cost or preparation.


Review by: Suzanne Salmo, Social Worker, United Services for Children
“Strong Start K–2 has been a great resource for our sibling support group. We work with children with disabilities and the siblings at this age are really struggling with emotions and how to share their feelings with parents who are already stressed. We have seen how the siblings have taken the activities back home and are modeling to their family. What a great resource!”
Review by: Paul Caldarella, Associate Professor, Brigham Young University, Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling, Department of Counseling Psychology and Special Education
“My colleagues and I have conducted several studies on the curricula in the Strong Kids series and have been impressed with how easily public school educators have been able to implement these with fidelity. We have also documented improvements in students internalizing symptoms (e.g., anxiety and depression) following implementation of Strong Kids, particularly for at-risk students. We look forward to using the updated curricula in future studies.”

Table of Contents

About the Downloadable Material
About the Authors
Foreword: Hill M. Walker

Section I. Introduction and Overview
Chapter 1 About Strong Start
Chapter 2 Implementation Guidelines and Lesson Structure
Chapter 3 Overview of the Lessons
Chapter 4 What's New: Updates to Strong Start—Grades K–2 and Strong Start

Section II. The Strong Start—Grades K–2 Curriculum
Lesson 1 The Feelings Exercise Group
Lesson 2 Understanding Your Feelings 1
Lesson 3 Understanding Your Feelings 2
Lesson 4 Understanding Other People's Feelings
Lesson 5 When You're Angry
Lesson 6 When You're Happy
Lesson 7 When You're Worried
Lesson 8 Being a Good Friend
Lesson 9 Solving People Problems
Lesson 10 Finishing UP!

Section III. Appendices
Appendix A: Strong Start Booster Lesson 1
Appendix B: Strong Start Booster Lesson 2
Appendix C: Recommended Strong Start—Grades K–2 Literature List

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