A dog in New York stars in this SEL program for young children: The Taxidog SEL program

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Taxidog is a social and emotional learning program developed in New York for students in kindergarten through to grade three. Based on the book Maxi the Taxidog, lessons revolve around short video stories about Maxi the dog and Jim the taxi driver as they go around New York City helping their customers solve problems. Each student is given a Maxi dog hand puppet to look after and, through play-based activities and discussions using the puppet, students learn problem solving, self-regulation, emotional literacy, self-awareness and relationship skills. A self-regulation practice is taught early in the program, and integrated as part of the daily classroom practice.

The program toolkit includes storybooks, video stories, and a hand puppet for every student, and instructional videos and lesson plans for the teacher.