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The September Back to School eSEL Calendar

Updated: Sep 11, 2023

September has arrived!! And so is your September Kikori experiential Social Emotional Learning (eSEL) Calendar, with a focus forming norms and creating routines! As you embark on your 2023 Back to School Journey, we invite you to envision your classroom as a warm and inclusive environment where EVERY student feels valued and connected.

This September theme is learning how we fit together: forming norms and creating routines. Opportunities to build a strong sense of community abound in the first weeks of school. This is the time to set the stage for the year by helping your students melt the ice and form group bonds that are the keys to social and academic success. We've packed the September calendar with Ice Melters (we melt the ice, we don't break it!) to help your students do just that. All activities that are Ice Melters are marked with an ice cube in the eSEL Calendar. 🧊


Weekly Themes:

Week 1: I can learn about my classmates!

Week 2: I can learn ways I am unique and similar to my classmates!

Week 3: I can teach and learn from my classmates!

Week 4: I can connect with my classmates!

Week 5: I can work together with my classmates!

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Middle & High School

Weekly Themes:

Week 1: I am learning to get to know my classmates

Week 2: I am learning ways in which my classmates and I are unique and similar

Week 3: I am learning to be a student and a teacher

Week 4: I am learning to have fun interactions with many of my classmates

Week 5: I am learning to collaborate with my classmates

Advisory Middle & High School:

*Important Note*

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!

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What is your favorite ice melter activity to play with your students?

Let us know in the comments below - and we can help you add it into the Kikori platform!

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