Cloud9World is an integrated social-emotional and literacy-based program that utilizes character strengths to teach social-emotional skills. Our program is about the acquisition and strengthening of character, and the capacity to make wise choices for a well-rounded life and a thriving society.
Learning Through Experience
Children learn best through experience. The Cloud9World programs utilize a social constructivist approach that enables students to experience and embrace positive character strengths. This approach is easily recognizable in the lesson plans and curriculum components. Rather than being told what to experience, the activities encourage children to experience the character strength, express themselves as they embrace the character strength, and then apply the strength to other areas of their lives. Children are challenged to apply a real-world understanding of the character strength through role play, decision-making, projects, presentations, and more. The program appeals to children’s social nature as they experience and identify many of these character strengths for the first time. Flexible lesson plans allow teachers to easily personalize and differentiate lessons with little or no preparation. The model below reflects the layers of meaning and application found within the Cloud9World program as users move through each monthly experience.
Cloud9World goes deeper. Students don’t just read it or hear it. They experience it. They explore, internalize, reflect and celebrate. The story format delivers a practical view of social-emotional behavior in school, at home and in the community. Direct instruction through literacy, discussion and experimentation inspires students to apply a real-world understanding through role play, decision-making, projects, presentations and everyday life. Children relate to the animals as children tend to do naturally, finding true heroes to model and opportunities to act, applying their new skills. The immersion program reshapes their perceptions of themselves and others.
Impacting School Culture
Implementing Cloud9World programs schoolwide results in a positive culture and common language throughout each school. Students learn character strengths naturally through their literacy experience with animals. Young children quickly associate memorable characters with character strengths they can understand and embrace. Eventually, students, teachers, administrators, support staff and parents all recognize, digest and express actions that support the character strengths. By saturating the campus with everything from stickers, buttons to banners, and posters to curriculum, Cloud9World furnishes everything needed to make each month a true celebration.
Customizing for Your Students
Flexible lesson plans allow teachers to easily personalize and differentiate their approach with little or no preparation. Principals or counselors have the flexibility to select a character trait each month from a menu of 50 options to suit the school’s culture and greatest needs. Students move smoothly through each monthly experience and teachers are supported by vivid print materials, cherished rewards, activity suggestions, video instructions and online resources.