If you have a child who is using the Open Circle Curriculum at school and you would like to continue the efforts at home, we want to help! You might be surprised to find that the lessons can be applicable to adults, as well. There are many ways in which parents, caregivers and other family members can support children using Open Circle, even if it is not used at your child's school. Below are some links to topics related to Open Circle.
Skills Acquired through Open Circle (PDF) - Some of the key developmental skill areas that Open Circle focuses on include self-awareness, self-management, empathy, dealing with conflict, and problem-solving.
Welcome Letter & Vocabulary used in Open Circle, in eight languages (PDF) - Parents can also help reinforce what children are learning at school by using Open Circle language when they are at home.
Helping Children Deal with Traumatic Events, a letter to families and school communities with resources from Open Circle.
Home Links - Home Links are letters that teachers provide to parents with information about Open Circle.
Children's Literature - We have lists of over 200 children's books that directly relate to social and emotional learning. Literature that connects what they are learning at school to what they are learning at home can spark conversations about many topics discussed during Open Circle. Some of the suggested books are popular stories that you probably know, such as The Little Engine That Could.
Bullying Prevention (PDF) - Bullying is a prevalent issue today and Open Circle provides teachers with the tools to help prevent bullying at school. Some of the same methods can also be applied at home.
Whole School Approach (PDF) - One other way in which parents can get involved in Open Circle is to support the use of the program throughout your childrens' school.
Research Findings (PDF) - It has been proven that social and emotional learning (SEL) improves student outcomes. Open Circle has been rigorously evaluated and found to have many positive impacts. These are examples of research supporting Open Circle's positive impacts on youth development.
Alignment to Common Core State Standards (PDF) - With an emphasis on the development of self-awareness and communication skills, the Open Circle Curriculum aligns in many ways with the Common Core State Standards in English and Language Arts.