The arts are used for social and emotional learning because they teach self-awareness.
The creative process can also connect to the more emotional side of ourselves. For example, through Stars of HOPE, teachers can help their students learn about empathy and what it means to care for others. Students can also learn skills like mindfulness, self-regulation, and problem-solving. Both the process of making the Star of HOPE and the actual Star are excellent vehicles for mindfulness activities.
Stars of HOPE can be adapted for any age group, grade, or skill level and is an excellent opportunity as a lesson plan or unique activity that will positively affect the development of social and emotional learning and the well-being of students.