The Roundies concept, developed with psychologist, was tested in 2017 with a child group guided by the Playful Learning Center of the University of Helsinki. The children fell in love with the sympathetic, round animal character. The test study found that in addition to the feelings of joy and positive emotions, the stories gave the children the opportunity to ponder over interesting emotions such as anger and fear as well as the causality of events leading to the emotions.
The first Roundies story books were published in 2017 by Mäkelä Publishing. Families and kindergartens received loved the Roundies way of talking about social and emotional skills in the context of ordinary lives. Currently there are 9 published Roundies books.
The guiding idea of the Roundies concept is: investing in social and emotional skills early on empowers the children to prosper in school and work, supported by their own strengths. The new, comprehensive Roundies SEL Curriculum offers a package of professional training for educators and inspiring practice content for children groups, designed by psychologists.
The Roundies SEL Curriculum feature lesson plans organised around the story books. The story-based approach lowers the learning curve for children. The jolly animal characters inspire children to think and practice social and emotional skills together!