Document Type

Capstone Project (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Human Development & Family Science


This project’s main focus is on the social-emotional development of children ages 6-7 (first graders). Young children often struggle with identifying and handling their emotions and are still developing an understanding of others’ emotions. Children of this age can struggle with peer social interactions, leading to difficulties with controlling their feelings and lashing out towards others (Moehler, 2022). Therefore, there is a need for a curriculum that helps support young children’s social-emotional development. Due to this need, I have developed a set of three lessons that address the development of emotional regulation and emotional understanding. The first lesson focuses on labeling emotions. The second lesson teaches children about emotional regulation/coping skills that they can use when they are upset or scared. The third lesson focuses on understanding others’ emotions and teaching empathy. This project’s three lessons will be presented to first graders over the course of three days at Crumpton Elementary School in Marina, California.

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