Ripple Kindness Project for Schools has
been reviewed by and included in the
KidsMatter Program Guide.
Children are born pure, innocent little beings with a lifetime of learning
ahead of them. To expand their understanding of the world around them and
their sense of right vs. wrong, they often naturally and quite unconsciously follow
examples set by others, so it’s critical to their development to have strong,
positive role models during their most influential years.
Aside from parents who contribute significantly to building good character
traits and morals, teachers and schools play a vital part in establishing
solid foundations for happy, positive and kind children.
Success in the classroom has been closely linked to emotional well being,
so values and social and emotional education should be a responsibility
shared by both parents and schools.
The Ripple Kindness Project for Schools is an on-going, flexible, social and emotional curriculum for the whole school, with lessons that teach children about feelings and provides opportunities to experience and share kindness.
We are great believers that changing undesirable behaviour is best achieved by fostering good traits and teaching children how they are expected to behave,
rather than reinforcing negativity through anti-bullying talks or incursions.
As children learn about their own and other people’s feelings, they gain an appreciation of the benefits of kindness, and soon realize that a positive outlook improves their wellbeing, boosting self esteem and their sense of belonging.
By helping direct a child’s outlook at an early age, we’re equipping them with the necessary tools to help resolve some of our most threatening social issues such
as depression, low self esteem, and bullying.
Fostering kindness on a daily basis builds an armour of goodness that
encourages happy, well rounded individual who care for others.
And as research suggests that children can modify and revise their existing behaviour and beliefs if they have evidence that contradicts their learned assumptions, teaching kindness in schools is a major step towards changing cultures and creating happy, thriving and safe learning environments.