The following is a repertoire of activities in keeping with the EMSB’s KINDergarten initiative. These activities can be used the first week of school and reinforced throughout the year to teach positive social skills, develop empathy and foster kindness.
Research shows that students who learn in a positive environment enjoy higher test scores, learn new skills at a faster rate and are generally happier at school. Practicing kindness in the classroom may benefit students, teachers and the entire school community.
RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS
Lesson plans to teach kindness in the classroom and help create positive learning environments for students. Kindergarten lessons include: Caring For Others, Creating a Kind Classroom, Feelings & Behaviour, and Following Rules. Focusing strategies, problem-solving strategies, kindness concept posters, introductory videos and educator’s guide are all included. All of the materials are free of charge.
HOWARD B. WIGGLEBOTTOM
Free interactive books, lesson plans, songs, posters and activities around themes of listening, self-control, respecting others - perfect for Smartboards. Titles include: Howard B. Wigglebottom Learns to Listen, Learns We Can All Get Along, Learns About Courage, Learns Manners Matter.
Free interactive animated videos on safety, relationships, and bullying. Games, quizzes, activities and lesson ideas included. Ideal for Smartboards.
Getting Along Together Everyday - An activity-based, social skills program for Pre-K to Grade 2 students. This activity-based program, delivered by Bartimaeus Associates, addresses communication, anger management and encourages positive interactions between children. 8 Lessons including: Making Friends, Conflict Resolution, Dealing with Anger, Cooperating with Others.
THE TOOLBOX PROJECT
Building Resilience, Self-Mastery, & Empathy for Others. The Toolbox Project gives children, teachers, parents, and schools a common language and the tools necessary to form a cohesive, collaborative, non-violent, and caring community. Children learn 12 simple yet powerful Tools. With practice these tools become valuable personal skills: self-awareness, self-management and relationship skills; these in turn foster responsible decision-making. Because
the techniques are simple and the language is shared, children adopt the tools and master them quickly.
The 9 lesson series teaches lifelong skills that influence happiness and develop social and emotional learning for elementary school-age children. Benefits include helping students focus and learn, manage emotions, reduce stress and increase empathy. Each module features one letter of the acronym HAPPINESS. Series includes supplementary workbook, multiple intelligence survey and thematic blogs.
196 pins directing teachers to many boards with resources on kindness, compassion, empathy-building. A wealth of ideas.
The LEARN website has a wealth of lesson plans (LES) under the Ethics & Religious Culture section dealing with themes such as respecting others, meeting needs, sharing, and empathy-building. Titles include: Welcoming A Unique Being, Rules & Values, Shared and Different Needs, Relationships in Families. (Password required).
Articles, blogs, tips and suggestions for furthering positive social and emotional learning in students: