Welcome, friends! Below are resources for teaching the Kindness Curriculum.
Growing Friendship Wish
It’s easiest to learn the signs by watching and practicing. No need to get things “just right.” Allow for imperfection, laughter, and play.
Sounds on the Farm
Lesson 5 includes a “listening walk.” Included below is a 2-minute track filled with farm-animal sounds. The bell rings two different times, inviting the kids to “freeze.” At the end the bell sounds three times to invite kids back to the circle, where they can share what animals sounds they heard.
The “Caring” song needn’t be sung. It can be spoken. The words hold an important message. It’s easiest to learn the signs by watching and practicing. No need to get things “just right.” Allow for imperfection, laughter, and play.
(Experiment with this recipe. It’s not an exact science. Add more glycerin if you want the glitter to settle slowly; add less glycerin if you want the glitter to settle quickly. Try different colors and kinds of glitter. Let yourself and your kids play and experiment.)
Clear plastic bottle/jar, 5-8 ounces (shop around at craft stores or save Gatorade bottles)
Glitter: regular glitter, white glitter (for extra shimmer), and/or extra-fine colored glitter
Vegetable glycerin (in craft stores or on Amazon)
Liquid dish soap (helps the glitter settle)
Fill jar 1/4 full with glycerin.
Add 1 heaping tsp. course/regular glitter, 1/2 tsp. white glitter, 1 tsp. extra fine glitter (use more glitter if using a bottle larger than 5 ounces). It’s fine to change the amounts based on the glitter you choose.
Add 2-3 drops of liquid dish soap.
Add water to the top.
Put the cap on the bottle and shake it up. Add more glitter as needed.
Add super glue around rim to seal the cap.
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Guided Practices (for YOU)
Everyday Awareness Practices (for you)
Touch points. Feel your feet on the ground. Feel your breath at the belly. When you enter or exit a room, feel your hand on the doorknob. Notice your legs in contact with a chair. These small moments of body awareness ground us and they remind us we’re connected—to presence, kindness, and each other.
Three-breath pause. Mindfulness practice needn’t be grand. Small, regular doses have big impact. Look for places where you can take a 3-breath pause. Instead of rushing and doing, pause for three breaths (or one breath). Notice how you feel. Create space. Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom. Create a 3-breath space.
Be kind to yourself. In Lesson 14 of the Kindness Curriculum, we encourage students to respond to an accident with “I didn’t mean it. Are you okay?” And to give themselves an imaginary hug. We can do this for ourselves, as adults. So often our inner-speech is harsh. When you make a mistake, consider saying inward, “I didn’t mean it. Are you okay?” Give yourself a hug or simply place your hand on your heart. Take a few moments to practice self-kindness.
pause, breathe, and be.