This year, to help support the social emotional needs of our multi age classrooms, Jen Swasey, our school counselor, is integrating many of her lessons right into the academic day. This allows students to develop their social emotional skills right alongside their academic ones. Jen is currently working with Team Squirrel on how to take turns while playing a game with peers. This skill is used throughout the day when students are in literacy and math centers. Developing a sense of kindness and fairness in game play allows students to focus on building academic skills while playing a game independently with peers.