Week 1: Friday’s Summer Camp Activities | By: Committee for Children This summer, your kids may have a lot of big feelings. Our DIY SEL Summer Camp is here to help! This three-week summer camp includes research-based activities that are modeled on our Second Step social-emotional learning (SEL) program and help your kids learn about science, social studies, math, and more. The activities also teach social-emotional skills that can help all kids ages 1–14 cope with big feelings and other challenges they may face. With age-appropriate instructions and easy-to-find household materials, these activities can help you and your family spend quality time together and keep your kids learning over the summer. PreK Sounds Around Us SEL Skill: Focusing, listening What You’ll Need An attent-o-scope DirectionsHave your child bring their attent-o-scope on a “listening walk” with you around where you live. Ask your child what they hear, and then ask: Is that noise made by people? Is it made by a machine? Is it made by an animal?Talk about how many other things make sounds in the environment. Kindergarten–Grade 1 Communities: Help Each Other SEL Skill: Being helpful and kind What You’ll Need PaperPen, pencil, or crayons DirectionsCommunities work when all members help each other. Ask your child the following questions about their communities (their neighborhood, school, and classroom). How do we help each other in our neighborhood? (We are nice to neighbors. Trash collectors take our garbage.)How do we help each other at school? (Teachers help students. Custodians help clean. Cafeteria workers give us lunch.)How do we all help each other in the classroom? (The teacher helps us learn. Parents come in and help. Teacher’s aides help the teacher and students. Students help each other.)Have your child draw a picture or tell you how to help someone else in the community. Grades 2–3 Compassion Action SEL Skill: Being inclusive What You’ll Need An article of clothing that has a tag saying where it was madePen or pencil, paper Directions Have your child look at the tag on a T-shirt or other piece of clothing and tell you where it was made.Look up some interesting facts together about the country and culture, and identify some differences between that place and where you and your child live.Then, talk about ways your child can appreciate those differences. Have them think of ways to be inclusive and kind things they can say. Grades 4–5 Respect Across Cultures SEL Skill: Respecting others What You’ll Need Your child’s favorite recipe, printed out or on screenThe ingredients for that recipe, planned ahead of time Directions Read through your child’s favorite recipe with them.Ask them to identify the spices or grains in it.Look up the country the ingredients originated from and have your child read about that country’s culture. Ask your child: What are ways that people in that country show respect to others?Have your child write down at least one method of showing respect from the culture researched.Finally, make your child’s favorite meal together! Middle School Can Countries Respectfully Disagree? SEL Skill: Perspective-taking, problem-solving What You’ll Need PaperPen or pencil DirectionsJust as two people can disagree, so can two countries. Have your child choose any two countries, like the United States and Mexico. Then, have them think of issues these two countries might disagree on, like immigration, sharing resources, civil rights, borders, and so on. Next, have your child write down a few ways the two countries could respectfully disagree.