Social Emotional Development

Cosmic Kids

General Overview

Cosmic Kids is a website that guides children in yoga and mindfulness exercises. Their videos use stories, role-play, and humor to guide children in breathing techniques, deep yoga stretches, relaxation, and visualization. They aim to help children build their confidence both physically and mentally, helping children with their social-emotional skills and having fun along the way. Cosmic Kids promote healthy screen time, free access, and an option to use their videos in class to encourage face-to-face participation. Children can pick their videos based on the length of the exercise (under 10 minutes, under 15 minutes, or above 15 minutes), energy level (calm, focus, or active), or category (stories, mindfulness, yoga, relaxation, and dance).

Authentic Learning Experienced

While watching the videos provided by Cosmic Kids, children can calm down, focus, breath, and relax; these skills will them in their real lives as they navigate school, building friendships, and conflict. Children can also perform yoga, dance, or engage in active videos; these skills will help children maintain healthy bodies. Children will use open-ended inquiry and thinking skills as they work on their mindfulness techniques. Children can watch the videos themselves and join the community of online learners or bring the activities into their classroom where they can share the experience with their peers. Children can pick the theme, time, or energy level they would like to experience; allowing them to direct their own learning.

Developmentally Appropriate Practices

While engaging with the Cosmic Kids material, children will perform several developmentally appropriate objectives. The mindful videos will help children regulate their emotions and behaviors, this will allow them to better manage their feelings and appropriately take care of their needs. The yoga videos will physically help them develop balancing skills and the dancing videos will improve their traveling skills. As they follow the directions given and listen to the stories, each child will improve their listening and comprehension skills.

Individually, children can listen to stories that are personally interesting, dance to the songs that they enjoy, practice mindfulness skills that they find relevant to their lives and discover ways to calm themselves down. With a variety of popular themes such as Spiderman, Minecraft, Disney, Pokémon, Trolls, Dinosaurs, and Halloween; there is bound to be something that supports each child’s individual interests.

Teaching Strategies Gold Objectives

Social-Emotional

1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors

                        a. Manages Feelings

                        b. Follows limits and expectations

                        c. Takes care of own needs appropriately ​

Physical

 4.  Demonstrates traveling skills

 5.  Demonstrates balancing skills

 6.  Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills

Language

 8.  Listens to and understands increasingly complex language

                        a. Comprehends language

                        b. Follows directions

The Arts

34.  Explores musical concepts and expression

35.  Explores dance and movement concepts

GoNoodle

General Overview

GoNoodle is a website dedicated to the social-emotional and physical needs of children. Their videos, activities, and articles encourage joy, health, and the self-discovery of children. Dancing videos help to promote healthy children, breathing exercise help children practice mindfulness, and the characters engage curiosity and silliness. GoNoodle values curiosity, promotes speaking the truth, encourages children to be who they are, help with meaningful change in terms of diversity and inclusion, and let children know that when they put good in, they give out good.

Authentic Learning Experienced

The activities, practices, and dances that are found on GoNoodle easily transfer to real-world practice. The yoga, breathing, and mindfulness exercises help children to focus on their needs; this will help them stay grounded, control their temper, and understand why they might be feeling a certain way. This practice will be helpful to them in school, at home, and later in their working lives. The larger topics such as self-expression, STEM, and outdoor adventures allow children to engage in their open-ended inquiry. When children are given the opportunity to create and think of a wide range of concepts (how technology works, how bodies work, and how to turn a liquid into a solid), they are building and using metacognition skills. Children can use Go Noodle for free in their homes, joining a community of online learners; or invite their family and friends to join them, making GoNoodle a social learning event. Children can decide what dances they would like to practice, the topic that they find personally interesting, or activities they enjoy; allowing each child to direct their own learning.

Developmentally Appropriate Practices

GoNoodle promotes social-emotional learning by helping children to regulate their own emotions, follow limits, and learning how to take care of their needs. While moving, they are also promoting physical wellness. Children can practice their traveling, balancing, and gross-motor skills while dancing, doing yoga, and following along with the videos. They are also practicing their language (and English language acquisition) skills by listening, comprehending, and following directions. Finally, they are also exploring the arts while exploring new music and dancing skills.

While engaging with the materials found on GoNoodle, children can individually customize their experience. Children can search by topics of interest, videos that they have enjoyed in the past, and resources that they find most engaging. There are activities for preschool aged children up to sixth grade and above. There are videos about different holidays, special celebrations (such as Hispanic Heritage Month), and in Spanish; making GoNoodle a culturally appropriate resource that promotes unique values and introduces different lifestyles to children.

Teaching Strategies Gold Objectives

Social-Emotional

1. Regulates own emotions and behaviors

               a. Manages feelings

               b. Follows limits and expectations

               c. Takes care of own needs appropriately

Physical

4. Demonstrates traveling skills

5. Demonstrates balancing skills

6. Demonstrates gross-motor manipulative skills

Language

8. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language

               a. Comprehends language

               b. Follows directions

The Arts

34. Explores musical concepts and expression

35. Explores dance and movement concepts

English Language Acquisition

37. Demonstrates progress in listening to and understanding English

Positive Affirmations