Chester Social Development

Social Development at Chester Elementary School is an integrated program that promotes a positive school climate by providing students with the skills to navigate social and emotional issues. Numerous studies have shown that when a child knows how to solve a problem, or where to go for help with a problem then the child feels empowered and safe and is better equipped to focus on learning.

The program at Chester Elementary School began in 1996 and gained momentum through a grant from the Connecticut Center for School Change in 1997. Several integrated initiatives were created and have evolved to help Chester Elementary School be a caring school.

Experiencing difficult behavior with your child? Please check out the great resource below that is being offered at the Henry Carter Hull Library in Clinton.



The theme of the Month for November is Charity and the books of the month are Reach Out and Give (K-2) and The Three Questions (3-6) Please see a description of both books below.


The Three Questions

Nikolai is a boy who believes that if he can find the answers to his three questions, he will always know how to be a good person. His friends--a heron, a monkey, and a dog--try to help, but to no avail, so he asks Leo, the wise old turtle. "When is the best time to do things? Who is the most important one? What is the right thing to do?" Leo doesn't answer directly, but by the end of Nikolai's visit, the boy has discovered the answers himself.

Award-winning illustrator Jon J Muth's lovely watercolors are the most appealing aspect of this book about compassion and living in the moment. The simple Zen-based profundity of the boy's philosophical exploration may escape young readers, but they will enjoy the tale of a child who, in doing good deeds (for a panda and her baby, no less!), finds inner peace. Muth based his story on a short story of the same title by Leo Tolstoy. (Ages 5 to 9) --Emilie Coulter

Reach Out and Give

Even very young children can help to make the world a better place. This book begins with the concept of gratitude, because feeling grateful is a powerful motivator. Words and pictures show children contributing to their community in simple yet meaningful ways. Includes discussion questions, a philanthropy role-play, generosity games, and ideas for service projects.






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