Social Emotional Learning Programs Help Schools Recover From COVID Learning Loss

Looking to develop emotional intelligence in your students? Contact curaFUN today to get the social development program your school needs!

curaFUN, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building children’s emotional fitness, has released a series of programs aimed at building social intelligence, especially in Asian and 3rd culture kids.

Go to https://www.curafun.com/schools to learn more.

This latest announcement will help your school provide critical emotional and social education for your students, enabling children to develop the emotional intelligence and cultural fluidity to thrive academically.

Research shows that social intelligence is an important factor in academic success. A recent study showed an 11% increase in the academic progress in students that received social emotional education. These students also demonstrated improved classroom behavior, the ability to manage stress and sustain positive attitudes about themselves, school and their peers.

curaFUN responds to these trends by releasing a series of programs that turn psychoeducational assessment and social emotional education into gamified, interactive online experiences. These programs will enable your students to develop inner strengths such as communication, discipline, cooperation, empathy, confidence and resilience.

curaFUN will work with your school to proactively and reliably identify areas where children need additional development and apply a personalized curriculum based on the unique needs of each student. Moreover, the organization’s StrengthBuilder programs include continuous evaluation and valuable professional assessment reports and data detailing the student’s progress.

The organization’s programs can provide schools without a full-time school psychologist, speech therapist, counsellor, or instructional aides with economical and personalized learning solutions that are proven to reduce behavioral incidents and student crises, decreasing the need for counselling hours and support services. The programs also fulfill speech and social emotional education requirements with no additional staffing or training.

curaFUN currently offers programs for children aged 5-11 in Mandarin Chinese and English and are expanding their coverage to meet demand.

Originally developed as part of a US Department of Education and National Science Foundation Grant, curaFUN is committed to helping children achieve greater success by fostering social and emotional skills.

A spokesperson for the organization said: “Our programs are the ideal solution for schools and educators looking to implement social emotional learning to the curriculum. curaFUN gives students the tools they need thrive in school and in the world.”

Contact curaFUN today to get the emotional social intelligence education programs your students need to thrive!

curaFUN has the proven social emotional education programs to help children succeed academically and in the real world! Go to https://www.curafun.com/schools/ to learn how you can get curaFUN’s programs today.

Mandarin/English Social Emotional Education Program For Schools Launched

curaFUN, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building children’s emotional fitness, has released a series of programs aimed at building social emotional skills, available in English and Chinese.

For more information, visit https://www.curafun.com/schools

This latest announcement will help schools provide critical emotional and social education for their students, enabling children to develop the emotional intelligence and cultural fluidity to thrive academically.

Research shows that social intelligence is an important factor in academic success. A recent study showed an 11% increase in the academic progress in students that received social emotional education. These students also demonstrated improved classroom behavior, the ability to manage stress and sustain positive attitudes about themselves, school and their peers.

curaFUN responds to these trends by releasing a series of programs that turn psychoeducational assessment and social emotional education into gamified, interactive online experiences. These programs enable children to develop inner strengths such as communication, discipline, cooperation, empathy, confidence and resilience.

curaFUN works with schools to proactively and reliably identify areas where children need additional development and apply a personalized curriculum based on the unique needs of each student. Moreover, the organization’s StrengthBuilder programs include continuous evaluation and valuable professional assessment reports and data detailing the student’s progress.

The organization’s programs provide schools without an full-time school psychologist, speech therapist, counsellor, or instructional aides with economical and personalized learning solutions that are proven to reduce behavioral incidents and student crises, decreasing the need for counselling hours and support services. The programs also fulfill speech and social emotional education requirements with no additional staffing or training.

curaFUN currently offers subscription-based programs for children aged 5-11 in Mandarin Chinese and English and are expanding their coverage to meet demand.

Originally developed as part of a US Department of Education and National Science Foundation Grant, curaFUN is committed to helping children achieve greater success by fostering social and emotional skills.

A spokesperson for the organization said: “Our programs are the ideal solution for schools and educators looking to implement social emotional learning to the curriculum. curaFUN gives students the tools they need thrive in school and in the world.”

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Interested parties can find out more by visiting the organization’s website at https://www.curafun.com

How to Build Confidence in Young Children

Confidence is vital to your child’s future development. Increasing self-esteem and confidence in a child will directly affect their happiness, health, and success. Confident children are better equipped to deal with life’s difficulties and have more trust in their own capabilities.

Children develop confidence because of their own accomplishments. Kids with higher self-esteem and confidence are more likely to try their best, explore new activities, cope with their mistakes and have better social skills. As a parent, it’s only natural that you want to see your child thrive—and confidence is the greatest gift you can give your child. Here are a few ways you can help build confidence in your child.

Practice Positive Praising

We often engage in negative self-talk. Praise your kids to show them that you’re proud of them. Avoid result-based praise, such as only praising them when they get an A on a test. Also try to avoid praising qualities they can’t control, such as being smart or athletic. Instead, admire their effort and attitude. Compliment them on the amount of energy they put into a project, their progress, and how they approach it. This will encourage your children to put more effort into things and work toward their goals, paving a pathway to success.

However, don’t overpraise your child. If your child knows that they did badly in something, your compliments will just seem fake to them. Instead, motivate them by admiring their effort, and encourage them to not give up.

Image Alt-text: A father teaching his son how to ride a bike

Be A Role Model

Children mimic their parents. Their brains are like sponges—they absorb everything in their environment. That’s why it’s important to be a good role model for them. When they see you take on your tasks with a positive attitude, they’ll be likely to mimic your optimistic behavior. Put effort into your tasks such as cleaning, cooking, quit the complaining, and watch your child do the same.

Encourage Curiosity

Even though an endless stream of your curious child’s questions can get exhausting, it should be encouraged. Asking questions is a helpful exercise for your child’s development since it boosts their curiosity and learning skills. Try to answer all your child’s questions, even if it gets a little annoying—it’ll do wonders for their self-esteem and development.

Allow your child to explore new activities. Don’t put their entire focus on activities that they’re already good at—encourage them to expand their horizons. When your kids attain new skills, it’ll help them feel more confident in themselves, and develop a positive attitude. Allow your children to fail instead of protecting them at all times since it’ll encourage them to put in greater effort and perseverance in their tasks.

Build confidence in your children by allowing them to explore activities on their own. curaFUN’s immersive programs help in developing emotional and social skills in children. Our programs not only boost confidence and social development but also problem-solving skills in young children. Our immersive games can also help in managing worry and anxiety for kids, and help children gain fluency in both English and Mandarin.

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Social-Emotional Development In Children

Social-emotional learning (SEL) is a core component of the child development process that can help children develop better self-control, self-awareness, and interpersonal skills. Social-emotional development in children helps children acquire and apply the skills and attitude necessary to interact with others, understand and manage emotions, show empathy with others, set positive goals, and make responsible decisions during childhood and as adults. Although previously, teaching social-emotional skills to preschoolers was considered the parents’ responsibility, things have changed over time. More children are spending time in pre-schools and at daycare centers. Consequently, social and emotional development during childhood has become a collaborative effort. Creating consistent and collaborative learning environments that encourage social-emotional development in children allow children to develop key life skills. What are the benefits of social-emotional development in children? There is strong research indicating that the social-emotional approach during early childhood helps enhance comprehension skills, problem-solving abilities, and teamwork. Children are able to work better at school which enhances academic outcomes. Consequently, they feel good about their work and are motivated to do better. According to the renowned American clinical child psychologist Ross Greene, it’s only when we equip children with necessary life skills that they are able to successfully navigate relationships with other people and overcome different circumstances. As a result, it becomes critical to teach them how to solve problems, communicate effectively with others, and manage their emotions better. Social and emotional skills for preschoolers Teaching social-emotional skills to preschoolers requires more active involvement from parents and other caregivers. Learning about new emotions through storytelling, role play, and discussion can help enhance understanding in children and help them empathize better. Adults must also validate the expression of feelings so children know how to understand and constructively respond to emotions in the future. At curaFUN, our programs are designed to develop emotional skills with proper guidance for kids. Using curated exercises and activities, we’re able to help children develop necessary social and emotional skills that are useful throughout their lives. You can learn more about curaFUN’s social development programs for preschoolers and school-going children here.

Wield The Power of Discipline Toward Your Dreams

Have you ever envied anyone who has better grades, bigger house, more recognition, popularity.. and grumbled “Why did she get xxx and not me?!?*#”  It’s easy to look at people who seem to have it all–beauty, fitness, great career, wealth, freedom and tell ourselves that it’s all luck.  Malcolm Gladwell wrote in his bestseller book, Outliers, that all successful people who achieved mastery in any area have devoted at least 10,000 hours to it. No exceptions.  

We live in a culture of instant gratification and overnight fame.  The youtube star that you believe to have gained fame overnight has hours of disciplined practice that people don’t see. . 10,000 seems like an insurmountable number, but when you’re consistent, a small step forward each day adds up to a lot of mileage over time.    Your life is too important to just leave it to chance. To guarantee success, harness the power of discipline. 

Free Success Fortune Telling Chart

What it takes to top the Billboard chart, win the Wimbleton, best-selling author, Nobel prize winning scientist, world renowned violinist

5 days a week 6 days a weekEveryday 
1 hour / day38.5 years (260 hours / yr)32 years(312 hours / yr)27 years(365 hours / yr)
2 hours / day19 years(520 hours / yr16 years624 hours / yr14 years730 hours/ yr
3 hours / day13 years78011 years9369 years1095
4 hours / day10 years10408 years12486.8 years1460
5 hours / day7.7 years13006.4 years15605.5 years1825

P.s. If you’re aiming for the best in your city, country, the bar would lower and you’d get to your target level of mastery sooner than what the chart below indicates.

Time is an egalitarian, limited commodity.  No matter your age, race, intelligence, wealth, we all have the same number of hours each day.  The power to steer the direction of your life is in your hands!  How do you choose to spend your time? Are the little things you do each day adding up to something positive? Do they lead you to where you want to go in life? 

With consistent action over the next 10 or 20 years, what could you accomplish? 30 minutes of extra math practice each day / 5 days per week equals 130 hours in 1 year–surely a time investment that would get you an improvement of a full letter grade in math.  Five small pieces of chocolate over the same duration is roughly 25,000 calories, or the equivalent of over 7 lbs.  4 hours in front of the TV everyday gets you to become a world class TV watcher in less than 7 years. 

Are your consistent behaviors helping or harming where you want to go in life? Be disciplined enough to make your dreams come true.  

Groundhog Day 

If you re-live today for the next 10 years, where would you end up? (It’s a classic.  Go watch it here if you haven’t seen it yet.”)

An effective way to predict your success is to honestly examine your average day and project the likely logical outcome into the future. It’s a no brainer that  if you saved just a small amount of money each day, you’d eventually be wealthy. If you overeat slightly each day, you are guaranteed to gain weight. Your teeth aren’t clean because you brushed them for an hour straight. They’re healthy because you brushed them for 2 minutes twice a day for 365 days straight.

For one week, carefully record how you spend your time in 30-minute increments everyday.  Consider where your daily habits and behaviors are leading you academically,  financially, socially, spiritually, and physically. What logical conclusions do your daily activities predict?

3 Steps for More Self-Discipline

1.   Set success on auto-pilot.     Good habits decrease resistance and help make self-discipline easier because research shows that people have a finite amount of self-discipline .  By building good habits, you’re creating helpful, positive actions that are automatic and don’t require you to use up your reserve of self-discipline. Relying on discipline day after day is an uphill battle. While discipline can grow with effort and the right training, having helpful habits is more effective and much less painful.  To make sure habits stick, Tie them to environmental triggers or something you already do to encourage consistency.  I discussed habits more in this article.

2. Just do it.  The greatest barrier to self-discipline is procrastination. Each day, you have the choice to get closer to making your dreams come true.  Each day lost is lost forever, so if it’s the right thing to do, then isn’t it worth doing right now?

3.  Have reasonable expectations. When your time horizon is unrealistic or when you ask too much of yourself too soon, disappointment and frustration are sure to follow, and  you doom yourself to give up. Be positive and enthusiastic, but be reasonable. Focus on your trajectory and aim for regular and consistent improvement. Perfection isn’t required.

Whatever your dreams are, you need self-discipline to make it happen.  What you do once in a while doesn’t impact your life significantly. Rather, it’s what you do consistently with discipline.  All of curaFUN’s social emotional training programs build up children’s self-discipline with consistent practice of critical skills in dynamic, gamified formats. Click here to find a program appropriate for your child today with a 30-day money-back guarantee.

Thinking Outside of the Box Yourself for a Happier Life

Much of our own unhappiness and the world’s problems disappears when we can put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. Everyone has a different story, and understanding their perspectives not only make you feel better about any situations (even upsetting ones) but improve your overall happiness.

Babies start out in life completely egocentric, only aware of and concerned with their own needs, and slowly realize that the world does not only revolve around themselves. Children need empathy to cooperate, lead, communicate and make friends well.  The Oxford dictionary defines empathy as “the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation.”  In other words, empathy starts with perspective-taking. 

How do you teach perspective-taking?

For a skill to truly become an inner strength, it needs to be frequently reinforced, and what better way than planning skill practice into the fun things you already do.  A popular dinner-time conversation topic in our family is plot and character analysis. We discuss movie/book characters’ motivations, personality traits and reasoning and how these factors influence their actions.  We also try to problem solve for these characters, turning any story into a choose-your-own-ending book.  This is a fun and effective exercise for teaching perspectives and growth mindset.  By discussing children’s movies, cartoons, games this way, parents and teachers help build empathy and make the connection between our thoughts, actions, and outcome.

Below are some conversation starters for you.

1.  Who was your favorite character in this movie? And why?

2.  What problems did your favorite character face?  Can you think of any other ways to resolve these conflicts?

3.  Which character did you dislike in this story? Why?

4.  What was the villain’s journey?  How would you rewind and change the story for the villain to take a better path?

You may also use fractured fairy tales like this one, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, where traditional fairy tales take on a different spin or alternate ending.  Fractured fairy tales and fan fictions are great ways to get children interested in writing, reading, exploring their creativity, and practicing perspective-taking.

Parents, media and employers frequently complain about this generation being entitled, lazy and sheltered.  Compared to those who grew up during the Great Depression, when people lived through wearing flour sacks and conserving food, today’s youth haven’t experienced such perspective to practice frugality. People’s actions reflect their thoughts and worldview, so any growth in perspective-taking will help them gain resiliency and adaptability. 

When we learn to take different perspectives, we gain in gratitude, contentment and tolerance. Multiple studies highlight the dramatic difference gratitude makes in people’s life satisfaction AND outcome.  The human brain prioritizes negative experiences over positive ones, so we need to compensate by deliberately reflecting on our successes and good moments. Researchers found that showing gratitude (whether it’s for a person, situation, or physical object) boosts our happiness, sociability and wellbeing by as much as 25%.

Writing about positive experiences and gratitude benefits both the readers and authors, and it is one of the reasons why curaFUN is hosting the Shining Moments Writing Contest.  I highly encourage you to check out what our community has shared here, submit an entry yourself or comment and cheer on those who posted. 

Keeping a gratitude journal and handwriting thank you notes are two more practical ideas for adding more positivity and taking different perspectives.  Most of us acknowledge the benefits of journaling and gratitude, but we haven’t made them a habit and natural part of our daily routine.  Instead of pinterest-share worthy, long gratitude journals, easily-achieved short gratitude practices may work better for you to jumpstart a good new habit. Remember, consistency is key when it comes to making it happen, getting thins done. Below is a quick prompt that my family use every day before bedtime when we go around sharing our answers to The Daily 3, adults included.

Captivating fractured fairy tales that my family has enjoyed: