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November 1, 2019

Dear Lynwood Community,

Happy November! I am excited to announce that our Book of the Month for November will be I am Yoga by Susan Verde. This year our Social and Emotional Learning will focus around the framework of Emotional Intelligence (EQ). EQ is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically (Goleman, 1995). The 5 characteristics of EQ are: Self Awareness, Self-Regulation, Motivation, Empathy and Social Skills. Our Books of the Month for the remainder of the year will focus on these characteristics.

I am Yoga illustrates in child friendly terms how to calm down and be aware of your emotions through yoga postures. As you read this book, I ask that you pay very close attention to the artwork created by Peter Reynolds. His pictures are truly supportive of the text and will help in the discussion of Mindfulness-Yoga. At the end of the book you will find various yoga poses that you can explore with your students/child. This is a wonderful guide for the beginner Yogi.

This is a great example of how a piece of Children’s Literature can serve as a powerful tool for a positive change. As we continue to deepen our understanding of Social and Emotional Learning as a school community, our Books of the Month are a great support for exemplifying how to get the conversations going at school and at home.

Respectfully,
Dr. DeLorenzo
Principal

ddelorenzo2@sachem.edu