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  • Writer's pictureWinnie O'Leary

Key Features of the Kindness Initiative

Updated: Aug 25, 2023

Teacher Choice:

Each of the 4 Pillars contains three modules and each module offers multiple lesson options, allowing teachers to select the best fit for their students' unique needs and learning styles.

School-wide Engagement:

The curriculum encourages whole school adoption, but it can also be implemented by individual teachers in a single classroom. It promotes class-wide projects and school-wide projects, fostering a sense of ownership and community in running school-wide themed events. The ideal approach is for the whole school to adopt it. This fosters a cohesive and supportive environment for promoting kindness.

Duration Flexibility:

The Kindness Initiative can be implemented for different lengths of time, ranging from 12 weeks to 24+ weeks. Schools and teachers can decide on the duration that suits their schedules and objectives. For instance, some may start in the fall and work on it throughout the year, while others might begin in November and continue until February. There's also the option to launch the program in the second semester.

The curriculum emphasizes that the more children witness and experience kindness, the more it becomes a natural part of their behavior. Kindness requires practice and reinforcement, so teachers are encouraged to foster a daily commitment to kindness within the cross curriculum activities and moments.

Ongoing Commitment:

Kindness education is an ongoing process, so the curriculum emphasizes the need for continuous practice and reinforcement of kindness values. It is presented as an ongoing process, with the goal of instilling the value of kindness and empathy in students' lives. There are a variety of engaging activities to use, but the program supports educators' initiatives and suggestions.

Home Connections:

The curriculum promotes engagement with parents and guardians by including home connections. This allows the values of kindness to be reinforced both at school and home.

Reading List:

The curriculum includes suggested reading titles, and the list is open to growth and updates. Feedback from teachers is welcomed to improve and expand the reading resources. The program includes a list of suggested reading materials, but teachers have the freedom to add their own favorite books to enrich the experience.

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