The Components of Social, Emotional and Intellectual Habits: Kindergarten through Grade 3 document represents the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that form an essential blueprint for college and career readiness and equip every child with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college, careers and civic life. While attention to core subjects remains important, social, emotional and intellectual habits set the stage for all future learning promoting intrapersonal, interpersonal, and cognitive competence. With support from adults during the early childhood years, social, emotional and intellectual habits promote positive interactions with others and the development of psychosocial attitudes in relation to academic work and behaviors, maintaining focus irrespective of obstacles, and management of their own learning. The Components of Social, Emotional and Intellectual Habits: Kindergarten through Grade 3 builds from the foundational skills in the Cognitive and Social and Emotional Development Domains of the CT Early Learning and Development Standards, highlighting the continued growth and development that must be supported over the early elementary years.
This document does not oblige districts to adopt new curricula or programs. Rather, most of the skills and dispositions are best addressed throughout the course of the regular school day, during daily instruction, specials, and daily routines. Adults working with children in schools already address these skills and dispositions on a regular basis. By articulating these common goals and focusing on the progression of learning and development over time, schools will be better equipped to intentionally support students in gaining these critical skills. For students who may struggle in these areas, this document can be used to consider the necessary precursor skills to support the development of strong social and intellectual habits.