Updated: Oct 9
October is here and as the colors on the leaves are changing, our students’ true colors are starting to appear as well! How can we help them show up as their best selves? By facilitating experiences where they build authentic relationships with their classmates. Now is the time to help our students “Fall into Friendship.” At Kikori, we know that when our students feel safe and connected, they are better able to learn! This month, we're excited to offer you a curated calendar of SEL activities designed to help your students build and celebrate meaningful friendships.
Why "Falling into Friendship" Matters
Friendship isn't just a pleasant part of growing up; it's a fundamental aspect of social and emotional development. Positive friendships can boost students' self-esteem, enhance their social skills, and provide essential support during both smooth and bumpy moments in life. With "Falling into Friendship" as our theme, we aim to empower your students with the skills and understanding they need to cultivate lasting, supportive relationships.
Our Calendar of SEL Activities
To kickstart this theme, we've assembled a diverse and engaging calendar of SEL activities for the entire month. These activities are thoughtfully designed to encourage empathy, effective communication, and collaboration. Here's a glimpse of what you can expect:
Weekly Learning Intentions:
Week 1: Caring
I can describe what makes a caring community.
Week 2: Openness
I can demonstrate openness by asking questions, helping and including others.
Week 3: Empathy & Kindness
I can practice empathy and kindness by reaching out to include others who may feel left out.
Week 4: Friendliness
I can take part in friendly interactions with all the students in my class.
Week 5: Understanding Exclusion
I can describe what it feels like to be excluded or bullied.
Download Week 1 Here:
Middle & High School
Advisory Middle & High School:
All of the Planners are CLICKABLE to take you straight into the activities and national days!
The calendars share a monthly theme, and activities within the two clickable calendars are specially catered to that age range. If you want to specify for your student grade further, click on the correct grade level variation within the activity! We also encourage you to explore our “Variations” offered within individual Kikori activities.
How to Use Your Monthly eSEL Calendar:
As always, our eSEL Calendar provides you with daily experiential social emotional learning (eSEL) activities that you can facilitate with your students. Here’s what that looks like:
Start your day with a Morning Message or Advisory Announcement
Practice those ever-important social skills with Greeting Activity
Encourage connection with a Sharing or Acknowledging Activity
Facilitate an interactive National Day Activity (i.e. Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day, National Ice Cream Day, etc.)
Flex essential muscles with our Day-of-the-Week Activities for Mindful Monday, Together Tuesday, Wellness Wednesday, Thoughtful Thursday and Fun Friday
Are you looking to help your students build critical social emotional skills? Each of Kikori's activities are aligned to CASEL Social Emotional Learning Standards, 21st Century Skills and Sustainable Development Skills!
How to Kikori:
What is your favorite team building activity to play with your students?
Let us know in the comments below - and we can help you add it into the Kikori platform!