This conflict-management curriculum for elementary students is based on the premise that every child is capable of becoming a peacemaker. It is designed around Kelso the Frog, who offers nine options students can choose from to resolve minor conflicts or small problems on their own.
This program teaches children to distinguish between big problems (those that are unsafe, dangerous, against the law, or causes a child to feel frightened), and small problems. The only solution for big problems is to report them to a trusted adult as soon as possible.
If it's a small problem, students are encouraged to try at least two of the nine problem-solving strategies before reporting the problem to an adult. If, after two attempts the child is unsuccessful at solving the problem, it is time to ask an adult to help.
Problem-solving strategies include:
- Go to another game or activity
- Share and take turns
- Respectfully talk it over and listen to each other
- Ignore the problem behavior
- Tell the person to stop the problem behavior
- Make a deal or compromise
- Wait a cool off before attempting to solve the problem yourself
Second Step is based on research that connects social-emotional competence and self-regulation skills to success in school and life.
Each grade level features developmentally appropriate ways for students to learn core social-emotional skills such as empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. Students will also learn skills for learning that address self-regulation and executive function skills.
These foundational social-emotional skills also contribute to bullying prevention and positive school behavior systems. Second Step lessons are paired with research based lessons in Bullying Prevention where students learn specific skills to help stop bullying.
If you would like to view Second Step curriculum at your child's school please contact your school counselor or the Sumner School District Student Services Department at (253) 891-6062.