At the Vancouver Waldorf School, we believe that teaching social-emotional skills is critically important, both for helping students to be resilient in challenging circumstances, as well as building the empathy and emotional intelligence that students will need for their future. Hand-in-hand with our outstanding academics, our curriculum focuses on developing critical social-emotional capacities through music, movement, play and the arts.
In today’s rapidly changing world, it is crucial for students to have not just academic knowledge but also the ability to navigate and manage their emotions, build healthy relationships, and make responsible decisions. This is where social and emotional learning comes in.
At the Vancouver Waldorf School, we recognize that social and emotional learning is a critical component of education. Our curriculum is designed to help students develop these vital skills through various activities, including music, movement, play, and the arts.
According to a Forbes article, “The Power of Social and Emotional Learning: Why SEL is More Important Than Ever,” SEL is the process by which individuals learn to recognize and manage their emotions, develop positive relationships with others, make responsible decisions, and handle challenging situations effectively.
Music and movement, for example, are important tools for social-emotional learning. By participating in music and movement activities, students develop an understanding of their bodies and movements, as well as an appreciation for rhythm and tempo. These activities can also help students to connect with their emotions, express themselves more effectively, and build social connections with others.
Play is another essential aspect of our curriculum. Through play, students learn valuable social-emotional skills such as empathy, cooperation, and conflict resolution. They also learn how to negotiate, take turns, and solve problems, all of which are vital skills for success in life.
The arts are also integral to our curriculum. Through painting, drawing, and sculpture, students develop their creativity and learn how to communicate their emotions in healthy ways. They also gain an appreciation for beauty, which can help to foster a sense of gratitude and optimism.
At the Vancouver Waldorf School, we believe that social and emotional learning is just as important as academic learning. By integrating SEL into our curriculum, we help our students to develop the critical social-emotional skills that they will need for success in school and in life. We believe that by nurturing the whole child, we can help students reach their full potential and become well-rounded, emotionally intelligent individuals.