We all know academic knowledge alone is not enough to succeed in life. One needs much more. For this reason, we have adopted the LIV – Life Intelligence Lab – as our social-emotional development curriculum. In Escola Eleva, it is in all segments:
In Kindergarten, we help children to name and recognize their feelings. We got inspired by American Psychologist Paul Ekman’s theory. He is a pioneer in studying feelings and facial expressions. We work on the basic emotions: fear, joy, sadness, and anger, and we added love, which we believe are fundamental when we think of family bonds.
We present children with situations they live in their day-to-day through stories developed by author Mirna Portella and illustrated by award-winning Laurent Cardon. While the reading happens, puppets propose topics to talk about, making children more comfortable to share their experiences. We also work with songs composed by Maíra Martins. They connect feelings with various musical rhythms through songs such as “Sadness Waltz”, “Love Axé”, “Anger Baião”, among others.
LIV is not restricted to the school space. Students continue to work on their self-knowledge process at home along with their guardians, supported by materials created specifically for them. This way, we spread learning into every environment of children’s lives, potentializing their full development.
In Lower School, we keep emotional intelligence as our focus. We work on the four pillars of Psychologist Daniel Goleman’s theory: self-knowledge, self-regulation, empathy, and social skills. At this moment, we diversify the approach, recognizing students as individuals able to identify and name more complex feelings such as jealousy, frustration, excitement, and regret. This work is carried out through books created in partnership with author Blandina Franco and illustrator Carlos Lollo, both Prêmio Jabuti award winners. Every chapter, the main characters live through situations that emulate the ones lived by young students, helping them to reflect on their experiences.
Besides that, we guide students’ guardians through the book “Tenho monstros na barriga” (“I’ve Got Monsters in my Belly”), by author Tonia Casarin. This encourages discussions about feelings among the family.
LIV – Life Intelligence Lab – as our social-emotional development curriculum.
In Kindergarten, we help children to name and recognize their feelings.
In Lower School, we keep emotional intelligence as our focus.