Hooray! The Holla Kids have landed with some emotional intelligence tools in their backpacks!
Social emotional learning is essential to child development and performance. The book, song and dance – Stick & Move, provides a catchy and culturally relevant framework for practicing emotional savvy.
Stick & Move is a de-escalation strategy to help children respond to emotions with greater skill and flexibility. Symbolized by the pogo stick, Stick & Move means balance yourself. The moment we get upset, we get out of balance. In order to regain balance we: (1) stop, (2) relax and (3) move on to a solution.
Nervous about their first day of School, Holla Kids Tyler and Nile use the Stick & Move strategy to bounce into action. Underwater pogo stick races and intergalactic wrestling matches punctuate this motivational story about self-realization.
You can practice the Stick & Move strategy as a family, learn the Stick & Move song and dance together, and encourage each other to Stick & Move in real time. The strategy is relevant and meaningful for both children and adults alike.