Elementary Circles of Compassion
~at home, in the classroom, in youth groups (scouts, sports, and more)~
Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society. Power struggles and peer conflicts can turn into peer abuse (bullying). In our Circles of Compassion program for children in elementary school, children will learn to bring mindfulness into their daily lives to use their heart and wisdom to experience safe, happy, joyful relationships with themselves, as well as with friends, peers, and siblings. Through storytelling, games, problem-solving, and role-playing, children will learn and practice compassion for self and others, while improving positivity, confidence, and resilience. By raising emotional intelligence, they will learn the skills to overcome challenges in their relationships in positive ways. Each student will commit to weekly goals to practice the healthy habits to become leaders who help will make the world a better place, beginning with their world at home and school.
Some of our key words: bucketfilling, heartprints (#leaveonlyheartprints), compassion (#compassionfit), mindful (#mindfulkindful)
My guidebook One Caring and Courageous Choice at a Time and the movie Which Team Will You Choose? is a wonderful social-emotional learning resource with follow-up questions and projects to help focus on the life-skills to help children become more mindful, compassionate and peaceful in their relationship with others. Allow opportunities to practice so when children go about their day, they can draw on the successes they had in a safe environment. The Guidebook will further explain all of these ideas and provides a summary checklist for the qualities to become a “Champion of Bucket-filling.”
Clark County School District in Las Vegas, NV purchased over 200 books/dvd’s for their schools!!!
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St HOPE Public School PS7 Elementary, Sacramento, CA joined our “Circles“ where I taught a weekly Social-Emotional program for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school year (I will be teaching in Pismo Beach, CA beginning Aug. 2016). Mindfulness and kindness are at the core of what we focus on to help contribute to our positive school culture. This includes the standards of interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies for Social Emotional Learning identified by research-based organizations such as the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL): self-awareness, self-management and personal responsibility, social awareness and social relationship skills, decision-making and goal setting. The video projects below exemplify our 5th Pillar for the St. HOPE District: “The Power to Lead”. Our district strongly believes the measure of a person’s success is in what he or she gives to others. Through the Legacy Project students will deepen and demonstrate their learning, and will be empowered as leaders, impacting the community with their ideas for making the world a little kinder, a little safer, and a little more peaceful!
The Northern California Filmmakers Coalition produced this documentary video for our year-end Legacy Project at the 5th grade graduation 2015.
The Northern California Filmmakers Coalition produced this documentary video for our year-end Legacy Project at the 5th grade graduation 2016.