Relationship Skills

Relationship Skills

2 Seasons

Here you can access our content by topic or by CASEL's programming. HeartSmart's Curriculum is cross-referenced with the 5 CASEL Core Competencies. However we organize our lesson progression differently, which is why some of our lessons below appear out of order.

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Relationship Skills
  • CASEL's SEL Framework

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    Click here to download CASEL's PDF explaining each of the CASEL 5 Core Competencies in more detail. Alternatively visit to find out more.

  • Focusing Your Kindness

    Episode 1

    Boris tries to focus ... really hard. Dave, Boris, and Professor LoCascio discuss the brain and its inability to multitask. You can only focus on one thing at once. At the beginning of the episode Dave struggles to focus on anything other than his own problems. Eventually Boris helps shift Dave's...

  • Re-Opening Slammed Doors

    Episode 2

    Boris has slammed the door... Amber and Boris have gotten into a fight, and Boris asks Dave for help. Dave shows Boris healthy mechanisms for processing emotions that come up after an argument. Eventually Boris and Amber resolve.

    Materials Required: pencil and paper

    This lesson cross references...

  • Let it Out

    Episode 3

    Boris's plays ball like a robot ... His skills aren't quite like the others, but he doesn't want to hurt his friends by telling them he doesn't want to play. In this lesson Dave and Boris explore brave communication and model how to be true to yourself in situations when it is more difficult to d...

  • Clean Up Your Mess

    Episode 4

    Boris spilled paint on Amber's toys ... They got into an argument and now are not talking. In this lesson Dave and Boris explore forgiveness and basic restorative practice. Boris eventually learns the role he can play in harm reparation and cleans up his mess to show Amber that he is serious abou...

  • The Scrapman Is Back!

    Episode 5

    Boris wants to share his toys with the Scrapman... In this lesson, Dave and Boris explore boundaries and how to resist inappropriate social pressure. Stephanie teaches students how to identify levels of friendship.

    Materials Required: pencil and paper (colored pencils optional)

    Age Group: Early...

  • Skunk-Speak

    Episode 6

    Boris tries to befriend the skunk ... But Boris doesn't speak skunk. He can't communicate successfully. Dave and Boris explore friendship and vulnerability, they discuss how true connection is based on honest sharing of needs. In this lesson children will learn how to communicate effectively and ...

  • Tongue-Tied

    Episode 7

    Boris doesn't have a tongue... But the rest of us do. Dave and Boris talk about the importance of telling the truth of what's going on inside us, even when it may cost popularity. Dave and Boris also explain what happens inside the hearts of our friends when we gossip. In this lesson children wil...