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September Back-to-School SEL Calendar

Updated: Nov 10, 2022

...And we're back to school! We made September's SEL Calendar specially designed to help your classes bond, build trust, and make crucial connections that will lead to great classmate dynamic AND better academic performance!



How to Use the SEL Calendar

Download Kikori through Apple, Android or Desktop for free! Each of the activities for the calendar are available within the Kikori platform along with 800+ more experiential activities.

  1. Log into Kikori on your Desktop or download 'Kikori App' on Apple or Android

  2. Download the September SEL Calendar Printable

  3. In Discover Activities, scroll to the September Calendar Carousel

  4. Click into the Daily Activity to play!


BONUS: We understand how important SEL frameworks are so we've aligned each activity with CASEL's Social Emotional Learning standards and 21st Century Skills to make finding the RIGHT activity for your youth easier than ever!


Week 1

Fri 29: Individual Right's Day, What I Stand For

Tues 30: National Beach Day, Mapping It Out

Wed 31: Eat Outside Day, Setting the Table

Thurs 1: Chess Day, King/Queen Frog

Fri 2: Calendar Adjustment Day, Balloon Frantic



Week 2

Mon, 5: Labor Day, Finding Harmony

Tues 6: National Read a Book Day, What the World Would Be If

Wed 7: International Day of Clean Air, Growing Compassion

Thurs 8: International Literacy Day, Multilingual Greeting

Fri 9: International Day to Protect Education From Attack, Best Class Ever



Week 3

Mon 12: National Day of Encouragement, Pleased and Proud Appreciations

Tues 13: Positive Thinking Day, Affirmative Exchange

Wed 14: National Food in Medicine Day, Settle the Mind and Body

Thurs 15: World Engineers Day, Knots (The Human Knot)

Fri 16: National Trail of Tears Commemoration, Native American Visualization



Week 4

Mon 19: Talk Like a Pirate Day, My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean

Tues 20: Care for Kids Day, Movement of Peace

Wed 21: International Day of Peace, Peace Letter

Thurs 22: Fall Equinox, Gratitude Power Up

Fri 23: Native American Day, Understanding Oppression & Education


Week 5

Mon, 26: World Day of Migrants & Refugees, Emotional Changes

Tues 27: No Excuses Day, Sound Conductor Activity

Wed 28: National Neighbor Day, Neighbors

Wed 29: Confucius Day, Showing Up for Each Other

Wed 30: Orange Shirt Day, Identity Mingle Activity



What are the Special Day Activities?

Here at Kikori, we think it's important to educate our students on important days of the year and learn what they stand for. To make team building in the classroom or at youth development programs MEANINGFUL, we've included a special National Holiday for every day and a corresponding team building activity. We did our homework to find the best days for kids to celebrate!


And the Kikori Daily Themes?

Each day, the SEL Calendar provides you with an activity focused on the following daily Kikori themes:


Mindful Monday activities include meditations, visualizations and mindfulness

Together Tuesday activities involve team building and initiatives that build trust

Wellness Wednesday activities focus on ways to build physical and emotional health

Thoughtful Thursday activities use problem solving and reflection to help grow inward

Fun Friday activities are energizing activities that reinforce the importance of joy


How does Kikori ensure these activities build social emotional skills like self-awareness and relationship skills? Each activity provides you with instructions that follow Kolb's Experiential Learning Cycle. This means the activities help youth actively engage and then provides reflection questions related to the activity.


These questions help youth reflect and build self- and social-awareness (what happened during the activity?), make meaningful connections to their own lives (how did what happened during the activity connect to other experiences?), and engage in personal growth (what are they going to take from this activity into their lives?)

What is your favorite part of the calendar? What are some things you wish were a part of it? Let us know in the comments below.

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