Everyday SEL in Early Childhood : Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom book cover
1st Edition

Everyday SEL in Early Childhood
Integrating Social-Emotional Learning and Mindfulness Into Your Classroom

ISBN 9781138207820
Published August 29, 2017 by Routledge
166 Pages 8 B/W Illustrations

SAVE ~ $6.99
was $34.95
USD $27.96

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

With this new book from educational consultant Carla Tantillo Philibert, you’ll gain practical strategies for teaching Social-Emotional Learning (SEL), mindfulness, movement, and team-building to help your students grow into contributing and compassionate citizens of the world. You’ll find out how to lead students through meditation activities, simple yoga poses, breathing techniques, and other practical methods to help you proactively manage your classroom by meeting your students’ SEL needs. Topics include:

• Empowering your students to understand their emotions, improve their focus, manage stress, and regulate their behavior

• Introducing your students to the concept of mindfulness and how it fits within the SEL framework

• Crafting an emotionally, physically, and mentally safe classroom climate and culture

• Engaging your students in activities to strengthen peer-to-peer communication, community-building, and leadership skills

• Providing your students the safe space to test their SEL skills through experiential learning, team work, and class discussions

• Honing your own SEL competency through professional development so both you and your students can get the most out of your school’s SEL experience

This book also offers a set of Professional Development Facilitator’s Guides to help you and your colleagues master the core competencies of SEL and implement them effectively across your school or district. The appendix provides additional strategies for teaching personal space, Safe Touch, and making mindful accommodations for students who have experienced trauma.

Table of Contents


Meet the Author



1 Social-Emotional Learning: An Approach, Not a Program

2 Connecting SEL and Mindfulness

3 Getting Started: Thumb Check and POP Chart

4 Setting Yourself Up for Success

5 Framing SEL for Your Students

6 Using the Activities

7 SELF Activities

Students work individually: Calming & Focusing

Brain Massage

Yoga Sequence 1: Seated Arm Stretch, Seated Twist and Starfish Pose

Yoga Sequence 2: Starfish Pose, Horse Pose and Seated Arm Stretch

Yoga Sequence 3: Mountain Pose, Tippy Toes and Tree Pose

Draw and Rip

Lion’s Breath

Listening Breath

Memory Moment


8 SOCIAL Activities

Students work in pairs or small groups: Energizing and Community Building

Cotton Ball Breathing

Color Breath

Bee’s Breath

Positive Paperchain

Compliment Partners

Pass the Animal

9 Crafting SEL Stories

10 The Power of Professional Development

11 Professional Development Facilitator’s Guides


Educator Pre/Post Survey

Questions from the Field

References and Further Reading

View More



Carla Tantillo Philibert is the founder of Mindful Practices, one of Chicago’s leading school Social-Emotional Learning organizations, and oversees a team of 20 dedicated practitioners who empower teachers and students across the nation through mindfulness, yoga, and SEL to create an equitable educational environment.


"With her well-crafted approach, Carla Tantillo Philibert has created a resource that provides research and practical strategies and tools today's educators can use to support and engage students and school stakeholders in developing skills essential to successfully navigating a changing and challenging world." 

-  Marjorie Cave, SEL Lead Consultant, DuPage Regional Office of Education, IL

"Today’s busy educator wants a book that sifts through the lounges of research on Social-Emotional Learning and gets right to the essences of why it is important, how it looks on a daily basis and what can be done to better prepare students for the challenges school and life offer. In this must read, Tantillo Philibert provides a plethora of ready-to-use strategies, tools and techniques teachers can put to use the next day in their classrooms."

  • Greg Wolcott, Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Woodridge School District 68, IL