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Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life

<a href="/articles/teaching-emotional-intelligence-how-schools-can-educate-children-for-life">Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life</a>

Step into Anna Kearney’s third grade classroom, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, and you will see amongst the usual colourful art projects, a row of plastic cups stapled to the wall. There are ten numbered cups in all and they are part of Self Science, a social and emotional education curriculum developed by 6 Seconds ... Time spent on Self Science has not detracted from other academic learning, says Kearney, but instead has enhanced learning across the board. Read full article

Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/10/28/children-tell-adults-about-what-makes-them-feel-happy">Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy</a>

“…if I could ask any child what they would like in the world I would definitely ask it. I think it would be interesting to find out what everyone’s ideas are. What they want…” (14-year old girl). When we are asked what we want most for our children, most of us will answer “happiness”. Asking children about what contributes to their feelings of wellbeing reveals some insightful answers to how we can provide that happy life. A study, conducted by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and published in 2007, highlighted the importance of adults using parenting and educational practices that promote children’s emotional and social well-being. Read full article

10 Mindful Minutes

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-self-awareness/10-mindful-minutes">10 Mindful Minutes</a>

From the bestselling author, Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the Hawn Foundation, a practical guide for parents to help children cope with stress, improve concentration and lead happier lives. Goldie Hawn offers parents a practical guide for helping their children to learn better and live more happily. Based on the MindUP programme, supported by the Hawn Foundation, 10 Mindful Minutes outlines short, practical exercises for parents and children - taking less than 10 minutes - to help young children and teenagers. Read full article

Emotional Literacy Belongs in Schools Too

<a href="/articles/emotional-literacy-belongs-in-schools-too">Emotional Literacy Belongs in Schools Too</a>

There are many examples of individual schools in the United States, the UK and even in Australia, that deliver emotional intelligence curriculum to students simply because they have been fortunate enough to have the human and financial resources (and sometimes support from a University). This video example (is a) reminder of how and why a school uses emotional literacy to improve educational outcomes and the school environment. Read full article

Why Australia Needs Emotional Intelligence in the Curriculum Podcast

<a href="/audio/why-australia-needs-emotional-intelligence-in-the-curriculum-podcast">Why Australia Needs Emotional Intelligence in the Curriculum Podcast</a>

Yvette Vignando is interviewed on ABC 702 Radio Sydney by Sarah MacDonald about why Australia needs Emotional Intelligence in the national school curriculum. What is Emotional Intelligence? How can Emotional Intelligence be taught in school? What is the academic benefit of social and emotional learning? Read full article

Monday 7 March 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/03/07/monday-7-march-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Monday 7 March 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Public School Funding Australia ~ Mental Health of Students Helps Learning ~ Jamie Oliver's Dream School ~ Early Years Curriculum ~ Motherhood Can Help Depression ~ Early Blood Test Down's Syndrome Read full article

Emotional Intelligence Why It Can Matter More Than IQ

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-intelligence-definitions/emotional-intelligence-why-it-can-matter-more">Emotional Intelligence Why It Can Matter More Than IQ</a>

Book: Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman. Goleman argues that our view of human intelligence is far too narrow, and that our emotions play a far greater role in thought, decision making and individual success than is commonly acknowledged. He shows precisely how emotional intelligence can be nurtured and strengthened in all of us. And because emotional lessons a child learns actually sculpt the brain's circuitry, he provides detailed guidance as to how parents and schools can benefit from this. Read full article

Open Letter to Australian Prime Minister -Teach Emotional Intelligence in Schools

An open letter via video from parent of three boys, emotional intelligence expert and parenting publisher Yvette Vignando - asking for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Education Peter Garrett to take action on including a quality social and emotional learning program in the Australian National Curriculum. Read full article