Social-Emotional Learning & Kindness Curriculum Overview
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is an essential component for building emotional intelligence (EQ). EQ 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 also improve self-esteem, wellbeing, decision making and their ability to communicate effectively. These are vital skills for building relationships and succeeding throughout life.
Research by CASEL shows that SEL programs help teachers better manage the classroom. Kids are less likely to disrupt or bully when they feel good about themselves, other people and school. They're better at managing stress with less incidence of depression and anxiety. SEL skills also improve academic achievement by 11 percentile points.
"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."
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.
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 feel positive emotions and a connection with their peers and school. They needed to build character, learn empathy and social skills, and be resilient. But most important, they had to EXPERIENCE kindness to be able to show it.
"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
Our passion is to help every child from all walks of life have equal opportunities to learn and grow in optimum conditions. We do that by providing resources that nurture emotional intelligence, wellbeing and hope for not just students but teachers too.
Our resources provide schools with incredible opportunities to teach skills that improve lives. By building kids up and providing safe, nurturing and inclusive environments they also have the means to create generational change for the disadvantaged.
"Emotional well-being is a predictor of academic and employment success, and emotional literacy is crucial for self-awareness and navigating through life."
- The Economist, Intelligence Unit
The Ripple Kindness Project for Schools is a positive psychology curriculum that integrates three powerful approaches:
- Social and Emotional Learning
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 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.
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 in all walks of life. And they have the opportunity to model those teachings for every person they know.
Students experience first-hand the feel-good emotions from showing kindness. Feeling it helps cement positive thoughts, feelings and actions as intrinsic, life-long values.
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
Activity rubric | Alignment cards
Save time by quickly and easily assessing which competencies each activity covers.
300 Ripple Kindness Cards for children
'Pay it forward' style cards for students using the year 2, 3 and 4 modules.
100 Ripple Kindness Cards for adults
Adult cards are specifically designed to inspire teachers and engage the community.
- 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
Emailed to your inbox and filled with kind ideas, inspirational stories, new resources and useful tips, contributions from our Ripple Kindness schools and supporters, etc.
Further resources available on request
Children's and adult Ripple Kindness Cards for subsequent years.
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.
Individual year-level modules can be viewed HERE.
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 partnered to provide activities that introduce acts of kindness to buddy teams in primary school during National Buddy Day.