SEL Curriculum 2019-11-19T15:58:07+00:00

The SEL Curriculum

It’s fun to learn emotional skills with Roundies products, specifically designed for preschool-aged children! The curriculum is built to endorse emotional skills comprehensively: it includes physical plays and exercises, music, drawing, crafts and conversations.

SEL Curriculum has been created by psychologist

Julia Pöyhönen and Heidi Livingston have created the training material and children’s activities for the SEL Curriculum. They are psychologists with lots of practical work experience, specialized in childhood development, parenting and support for familial communication. Learning emotional skills is not limited to children sessions, since the life in kindergarten is full of emotions all the time. With their compassionate touch Julia and Heidi give tips for real life situations throughout the program. The Curriculum also offers excellent tools for community building and the development of constructive collaboration in the early education group!

The SEL Model

The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) defined SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) more than two decades ago. They divided socioemotional learning into five sectors: self-awareness, self-management, responsible decision-making, interpersonal relationship skills and social awareness. We have used this framework in the creation of Roundies SEL Currculum and it covers the entirety of socioemotional learning. The targets of Finnish Core Curriculum for Early Childhood Education (VASU) are widely covered in SEL Curriculum.

Sessions for early childhood educators and sessions for children

The SEL Curriculum is divided into sessions for the adults and the children. In the training sessions for adults, you will learn how to support children’s socioemotional development in preschool day-to-day situations and how to overcome challenging behavior in the group.

In the children’s sessions, we learn about emotional skills on a broad scale with the help of stories, discussions, play, art, music and drama. In addition, we give a number of tips on how the children’s emotional skills can be improved in day-to-day preschool communication situations.

SEL Curriculum materials

  • Online content (videos and downloadable material)
  • Activity Book (tips, exercises and notes)
  • 6 Story Books
  • Emotion Cards
  • Strength Cards
  • Breathing Cards
  • A material collection for inspiring the children

Roundies SEL Curriculum has received the Finnish Education Quality Certificate! The Quality Evaluation Method is an academically sound approach to evaluating a product’s pedagogical design from the viewpoint of educational psychology. Read more

Pilot project

The Roundies SEL Curriculum was in pilot use in a number of Finnish preschools over the course of Spring 2019. Pilot use continues in new preschools during fall 2019. PhD in Developmental Psychology Maryam Zarra-Nezhad will complete a research project about the pilot project, entitled “Promoting Social-Emotional Development and Preventing Behavioral Problems in Early Childhood”. Maryam is specialized in social and emotional development in early childhood.

Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology

The research and pilot preschools for the fall season have been selected. Thank you for such a large amount of interest in the project!

SEL Curriculum is available in English 2020.


Mari Korkeamäki
Rounders Entertainment Oy
Tel. +358 40 351 8882