Four Perfect Worksheets for an SEL Summer!

posted on Apr 01 2024

by Samantha Beneventano, Program Manager

At mainstages, we're dedicated to instilling values through social-emotional learning. We've created four values-based handouts filled with engaging activities for your campers to process emotions in an inclusive environment. These worksheets are designed to foster growth and connection. Let's dive into these worksheets and explore how you can frame them to create a socially responsible community!

VALUE: Positive Self Talk

Let children know that it's important to speak kindly to themselves and recognize their strengths. Encourage children to think about positive qualities or things they like about themselves. On each petal of the flower, have participants write down or draw something nice about themselves. These could be personal strengths, talents, or things they're proud of. Once it’s completed, hang the Positive Self-Talk Flower somewhere visible as a reminder of each child's unique qualities and the power of positive self-talk!

Acceptance Worksheet: Positive Self-Talk Flower

VALUE: Understanding Emotions

Discuss different feelings children may experience, such as happiness, sadness, anger, fear, and surprise. Have children draw a face that reflects how they imagine someone might express that emotion.The "Building Emotions" worksheet can be a helpful tool to help children identify and label different emotions they may be feeling. By using this worksheet to engage in discussions about feelings and emotional expression, you can help children develop a better understanding of their emotions and build important skills for navigating social interactions and relationships.

Building Characters Worksheet: Basic Emotions

VALUE: My Favorite Memories

Our memories are an integral part of who we are. Each memory contributes to our unique identity. Encourage children to share some of their personal experiences. It could be a happy moment, a challenging experience they overcame, or a lesson they learned. Take a moment to reflect on the memories shared and discuss how each memory has influenced who they are today. Emphasize that our memories help shape our personalities, values, and perspectives. By engaging children in hands-on activities and meaningful discussions about their memories, you can help them develop a deeper understanding of how their past experiences shape their present selves.

Memories Worksheet: My Favorite Memories

The Power of Music

Music is a powerful tool that can be used for coping with different emotions. Using the prompts, you will build playlists for when you need to be inspired, escape, or just feel good! Find fun ways to incorporate music into your daily routines, such as listening to uplifting songs in the morning or using calming music to relax before bedtime. Remember, music is a great way to cope with emotions, so don't hesitate to turn to your favorite songs whenever you need a boost or a way to express yourself!

The Power of Music Worksheet: Coping Playlist

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Samantha Beneventano

posted on Apr 01 2024

by Samantha Beneventano

Samantha Beneventano is a Choreographer, Dancer, and NYC-based teaching artist. She has performed at City Center, 92nd St. Y, Tribeca PAC, and DUMBO Dance Festival. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dance from Queens College. Upon graduation, she received the Farah Marcelus Award for Choreography and the Edward M. Greenberg Musical Theatre Award. In 2013, Samantha was an artist-in-resident at the Kupferberg Center in the inaugural CUNY Dance Initiative program. Her work has been shown at Dixon Place, The Secret Theatre, The Tilles Centre for the Performing Arts and Greenspace. Samantha is an educator at her high school alma mater and is now directing and choreographing elementary and middle school productions.