The Ripple Kindness Project SEL Curriculum

Social-Emotional Learning Curriculum That Incorporates Positive Psychology, Kindness, And Mindfulness For Elementary And Primary School Teachers.

Social-Emotional Learning is a Must!

Before telling you about the RKP curriculum, I want to highlight why Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is the basis of our program. SEL is an essential component for building emotional intelligence (EQ). EQ is important because it gives people the ability to perceive, process and regulate emotions. It helps them to understand the emotions other people experience and feel empathy for them. It can improve self-esteem and wellbeing, help with decision making, and enhance the ability to communicate effectively. These are vital skills for building relationships and succeeding throughout life. Studies show that EQ is 80% and IQ is 20% responsible for success with EQ more highly valued by employers.

Research by CASEL shows that SEL programs help teachers manage their classroom better. Students who are emotionally intelligent are less likely to disrupt or bully because they feel good about themselves, understand other people better, and enjoy learning. They're able to manage stress more effectively with less incidence of depression and anxiety. It's shown that SEL skills also improve academic achievement by 11 percentile points.

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A survey of teachers commissioned by CASEL found 93% of teachers want a greater focus on SEL in schools. They agree that social and emotional skills are teachable and are calling for schools to prioritize the integration of SEL learning practices and strategies.

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A positive alternative to traditional anti-bullying programs 

Our program was developed in response to an alarming rate of bullying, violence, and mental health issues in young people.

We knew that traditional anti-bullying approaches often fall short. Thoughts, feelings, and actions would never be changed with more negativity. We had to think outside the square and flip bullying on its head. The approach had to be the opposite - optimistic, calm, and supportive. Children had to be built up, feel positive emotions and a connection with their peers and school. They needed to build character, learn empathy and social skills, and become more resilient. But most important, they had to EXPERIENCE kindness to be able to show it.

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Studies have shown repeatedly that the most highly regarded bullying prevention programs rarely produce more than a minor reduction in bullying and often result in an increase.

IZZY KALMAN - Psychologist
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Our passion is to help every child from all walks of life have an equal opportunity to learn and grow in optimum conditions. While we cannot control their home environment, we can provide schools with tools to nurture emotional intelligence, wellbeing, and hope, for not just students but teachers too. 

We provide primary and elementary school teachers with resources that teach skills that improve lives in fun and engaging ways. By building kids up and providing safe, nurturing, and inclusive environments they also have the means to create generational change for the disadvantaged. 

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Emotional well-being is a predictor of academic and employment success, and emotional literacy is crucial for self-awareness and navigating through life.

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What is Ripple Kindness Project for Schools?

Ripple Kindness Project for Schools is a positive psychology curriculum that integrates three powerful approaches:

  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Kindness
  • Mindfulness

A comprehensive, fun and rewarding, evidence-based whole school curriculum or year-long age-appropriate modules. RKP provides early intervention to improve social, emotional, and mental health outcomes and to reduce bullying.

No more scouring the internet to find resources to teach about emotions, friendship, kindness, and resilience. It's all provided in a step-by-step, easy to use pdf.

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My own work, Positive Psychology in the Elementary Classroom, recommends positive psychology as an affective taxonomy to teach social emotional learning in school. So, I can state, without qualification, that the Ripple Kindness curriculum is an impressive example of how to execute positive psychology to teach social and emotional learning.

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Taking it into the community

Creating change is about more than one child or one classroom. To make a real difference, we have to look past the school gate. Our lesson plans, activities and resources extend beyond the classroom to the home and community. Kids need to foster positive character traits and practice being good people in all kinds of settings.  

Students experience first-hand the feel-good emotions that come from showing kindness. Feeling it helps cement positive thoughts, feelings, and actions as intrinsic, life-long values.

Some of the benefits your school community is likely to experience:

  • Improved optimism, self-esteem, mental health, and peer acceptance.
  • Increased emotional happiness leading to better cognitive performance and school attendance.
  • The positive impact of EQ helping to advance academic results and internal feels of wellbeing.
  • The spotlight turned onto positive, kind, and inclusive behavior to enrich the culture of the school.
  • Those from less supportive backgrounds experiencing and learning to foster healthy relationships.
  • Students empowered to give and experience kind feelings as a natural and instinctive way of interacting with others.
  • Changed patterns of attention-seeking behaviors.
  • Improved teacher wellbeing.
  • The feeling and understanding of how success should be measured more by a person's character than by materialism.

Your Whole School Package Includes:

  • 7 age-appropriate, flexible and easy-to-use modules
  • Templates, worksheets and homework assignments
  • Group discussion ideas
  • Whole school activity concepts to foster emotional intelligence, building resilience, and highlight the importance of being kind and considerate towards themselves and others
  • Activities for the classroom, home and community to encourage children to be kind and respectful outside the school gate, with the definitive aim of reinforcing that the program is not just a school project but a way of life
  • Flexible lesson plan concepts that can be mixed and matched to suit individual classrooms and timetables
  • Each module builds upon the previous year
Resources From The Ripple Kindness School Curriculum
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Activity Rubric

Save time by quickly and easily assessing which competencies each activity covers.

Alignment Card For The Ripple Kindness Project For Schools Sel Curriculum
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Ripple Kindness Cards for Children

300 'Pay it forward' style cards for students using the year 2, 3 and 4 modules.

Ripple Kindness Cards For Children Used With Our Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
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Ripple Kindness Cards for Adults

100 adult cards designed to inspire teachers and engage the community.

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Additional Resources

  • Facts about the benefits of kindness and SEL
  • Tips for creating positive classrooms
  • Ideas to improve teacher well-being
  • Activities to introduce mindfulness
  • Lesson and worksheet guidelines
  • Recommended reading options
  • Supplementary kindness activities
  • Printable display posters and other useful classroom resources
  • Student award certificates and nomination forms
  • Inspirational video clip (performed by children)
  • Kindness Changes Everything song lyrics and sheet music
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Emailed to your inbox and filled with kindness ideas, inspirational stories, new resources, freebies, useful tips, and more.

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Extra Resources 

Children's and adult Ripple Kindness Cards for subsequent years.

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No On-Going Subscription

A one-off purchase price represents outstanding value for a life-long curriculum. Yours to use with every existing and new student in your school forever.

Individual year-level modules can be viewed HERE

Honest opinions about our curriculum

I have found the Ripple Kindness Project’s curriculum extremely valuable in helping students see the positive value of showing kindness.

Students have embraced the concept and the kindness has now extended beyond the school gates to the wider community.

Lyn Rodda - Assistant Principal, Victoria, Australia

I am the Principal of a small rural school
in Victoria. We have been implementing the Ripple Kindness Project in our school and community for 2 years now.

Each morning, before the day begins, we discuss our ‘buckets’ and it has become common and expected language. We
talk and think about our own buckets
and those of the others’ in our school
and lives. It has become quite natural
for our students to react kindly to people and situations.

As a school, we recently reviewed our school values to ensure they were truly reflective of what we do value and our current culture. I was taken aback when parents read my mind and suggested ‘kindness’ as our first and most
prominent value.

Thank you to the Ripple Kindness Project for assisting us on our upward trajectory. Kindness – the quality of being friendly, generous and considerate. This is now
the driving force of our school and broader community! What a wonderful world our students are creating.

 Aleasa Carlton - Principal, Victoria, Australia

It only takes one, one little person tossing one small pebble to ripple kindness out into the world. Before we know it, that ripple becomes a wave of compassion that will bathe us all in a tsunami of love.

Ripple Kindness serves up the warmth that the world needs now, more than ever, one child at a time, one kind act at a time. It will nourish and shape the hearts of our future by teaching and modeling intentional kindness.
If you’re ready for a significant climate change, global warming of the real KIND, then join the Ripple revolution today!

 Barbara Gruener - School Counsellor, Texas, USA

This was a beautiful lesson which got the students to really think about how they could help others and be sensitive to their emotions. I was so pleased to observe students write that they would
sit and listen and help others work through the problem or join them in sharing their happiness.

Kate Wood - Grade 4 Teacher, Victoria, Australia

I was not happy with our policy on dealing with bullying; it was based on sanctions that did not modify children’s behaviour.

The Ripple Kindness curriculum embodies what I felt our school needed: a positive approach to teaching children how to respond to each other and so prevent bullying or unkind behaviour. It is not an anti-bullying approach but demonstrates to children how they should treat each other.

We need to model expected behaviour rather than just punish poor behaviour.

Geraldine Ciantar - Head Teacher
West Row Community Primary, Suffolk, UK

The ‘Getting to know you’ and ‘Who
am I’ activities gave us a great insight into diversity/individuality and prompted us to reflect on how deeply we all want to belong. This moved us into discussing what we could do to create inclusion and made a commitment to demonstrating this every day.

We decided this as we noted so many differences and that our happiness is
placed in our belonging to people and
places. We then referred to ‘Fill your
bucket’ strategies and that in making others feel included, you’re making yourself feel great too. This created a
wonderful awareness and the happiness
was shown across the room.

Kate Wood - Grade 4 Teacher, Victoria, Australia

At last, a curriculum support program that accentuates and rewards positive behaviours across the entire school community.
It’s a must!

Julie Duckworth - Australian Educational Consultant

The Ripple Kindness Project is designed to foster the qualities of kindness and giving, and it teaches how these special qualities can positively influence a student’s attitude, feelings and actions.
The program can also resolve one
of the most serious, threatening social problems we have — bullying and its negative effects... I recommend that every school implements this excellent program.

Christine Fyffe - MP, Victoria, Australia

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Ripple Kindness Project is proud to have worked with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, a national charity protecting and caring for children who have experienced or witnessed serious violence.
They run various programs that prevent violence and advocate for children’s safety and well-being.
The Foundation’s Better Buddies Framework and Ripple have previously partnered to provide activities that introduce acts of kindness to buddy teams in primary school during National Buddy Day.