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Help your littlest learners harness their energy and potential by teaching them to listen, pay attention, control their behavior, and get along with others. When students enter kindergarten with the self-regulation and social-emotional skills taught in the research-based Second Step program, they’re set up for success.



View the full curriculum scope and sequence (PDF)

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Second Step Early Learning Classroom Kit $409

Included in the Classroom Kit

You’ll find everything you need to teach the program in the classroom:

  • 28 durable 11" x 17" color photo Weekly Theme Cards
  • 5 Unit Cards for teachers
  • Join In and Sing CD
  • 3 colorful classroom posters
  • 4 Listening Rules Cards
  • 1 set of Feelings Cards
  • 28 take-home activities
  • 2 high-quality puppets—boy and girl
  • Teaching Materials Notebook

Weekly Themes

Early Learning skills and concepts are taught through short, daily activities that take 5–7 minutes with little to no prep time.
unit 1
Skills for Learning
  • Welcoming
  • Listening
  • Focusing Attention
  • Self-Talk
  • Following Directions
  • Asking for What You Need or Want
unit 2
  • Identifying Feelings
    (happy, sad)
  • More Feelings
    (surprised, scared)
  • Identifying Anger
  • Same or Different Feelings
  • Accidents
  • Caring and Helping
unit 3
Emotion Management
  • We Feel Feelings in
    Our Bodies (worried)
  • Strong Feelings
  • Naming Feelings
  • Managing Disappointment
  • Managing Anger
  • Managing Waiting
unit 4
Friendship Skills and Problem Solving
  • Fair Ways to Play (play together, trade, take turns)
  • Having Fun with Friends
  • Inviting to Play
  • Joining In with Play
  • Saying the Problem
  • Thinking of Solutions
  • Speaking Up Assertively
unit 5
Transitioning to Kindergarten
  • Learning in Kindergarten
  • Riding the Kindergarten Bus
  • Making New Friends
    in Kindergarten

Second Step Early Learning Program

More Content Online!

Early learning educators who register online can:

  • Get all Spanish materials, including family communications
  • Watch video examples
  • Email family materials
  • Find lists of books to use with lessons
  • Access the Staff-Training Toolkit (includes Kickoff and Wrap-Up presentations plus staff training agendas)
  • Find other planning, teaching, and assessment tools

“The concepts are presented in age-appropriate puppet scripts, and the songs are easy to memorize. My students’ reactions were immediate and I saw them generalize their understanding to classroom interactions within days.”

Alisa Dunn
Pre/K Teacher, Irving, TX


Weekly Theme 6: Asking for What You Need or Want

Brain Builder Game

“The Brain Builder games really do help the children develop their executive-function skills. Especially their inhibitory control, because I can tell that they’re able to stop themselves and they’re able to wait.”

Karen Virta, Classroom Teacher
Everett Community College Early Learning Center, Everett, WA

Call to order the Second Step program: 800-634-4449

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  •  clientsupport@cfchildren.org
  •  800-634-4449
  •  206-343-1223
  • Mon–Fri 8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
    (Pacific time)
  •  2815 Second Ave., Suite 400
    Seattle, WA 98121

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