ADDITIONAL TEACHER RESOURCES

Got a question about the Kindness Curriculum? Have a look at our FAQs!
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A. The Kindness Curriculum is completely free for schools to access at any time of the day via an easy-to-use website. The language is clear and straightforward. Whilst the Kindness Curriculum was designed for teachers, parents, guardians, care givers, and even children themselves are encouraged to explore the content. The easily adaptable activities are also excellent for home schooling learning.

A. The Kindness Curriculum is absolutely free! Kindness Factory™ and Kaplan Australia have generously provided these resources free of charge because together we believe every child should have access to the social and emotional skills that can be learnt via the Kindness Curriculum.

A. We are prioritising the development of professional learning online modules!  Teachers around the world want opportunities to grow their knowledge and build their expertise. The Kindness Curriculum will be developing online learning opportunities that will build knowledge of the importance of kindness and social emotional learning. Some topics include: The Importance of Kindness; Kindness and trauma awareness, Kindness and resilience. Please subscribe to our newsletter so you can be among the first to know about the release of profession development modules.

A. Yes! Kath and our incredible ambassadors are keen to meet you all! Please reach out to the Contact Us page if you wish to enquire about this service.

A. We will be endorsing schools we know for certain are practicing the twelve attributes of our curriculum. To find out how to be registered as a kind school and the benefits to the whole school community, please Contact Us if you wish to enquire about this service.

We have connected all Kindness Curriculum activities to the learning and curriculum priorities of each country participating in the kindness curriculum! Thus far the Kindness Curriculum has been built for the following countries:

Australia

All Kindness Curriculum activities are broadly aligned to the Early Years Learning Framework or the Australia Curriculum. In most instances connections are made to the Personal and Social General Capabilities and Health and Physical Education curriculum which focus on equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively. Activities have also been aligned with Senior school subjects!

United States of America

States vary widely in the social-emotional learning standards recommended for different grade levels.  Therefore, the Kindness Curriculum activities have been aligned with CASEL (The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning) core      competences: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. These competencies are used across America (and world-wide) to inform social and emotional learning.

 

If you are interested in finding out about the development of the Kindness Curriculum for your country contact us.

 

A. Please look at all the activities no matter what grade level has been suggested as many activities are suitable for a range of ages. They have been purposefully developed to be easily adapted to contexts, age groups and interests. Notes have been included in activities suggesting possible adaptations and adjustments to ensure relevance and connection!

Every classroom is different and has individual needs depending on class demographics, learning styles and interests so activities might be suitable for unique groups!

A. We have created an easy to read and concise document that explores all the benefits of kindness and engaging in acts of kindness. Please click here. You can print this document and use as a poster in staffrooms, classrooms and share with parents/caregivers and other school stakeholders.

A. Psychological research evidence overwhelmingly confirms that being kind and being a recipient of kindness positively influences a person’s sense of wellbeing. It is universally agreed that Kindness changes the brain by the experience of kindness. (O’Grady, 2013). By helping to instil the genuine values of kindness from an early age, we can help young people reap the associated physical, emotional and mental health benefits. There is a plethora of research surrounding kindness and researchers have identified a myriad of benefits for those who give and receive kindness. Some include:

  • Psychological flourishing
  • Increase happiness and self-esteem
  • Reduce state-level social anxiety
  • Increased increase self-esteem and optimism
  • Heighten feelings of self-worth
  • Diminish social anxiety (Cassidy & Shaver, 2008; Exline, Lisan & Lisan, 2012; Rowland, 2018; & Tashjiian, 2018)

Research has proven acts of kindness for one another can help enhance satisfaction with your daily life, optimism and, in some cases results in reduced anxiety.

  • Cassidy, J., & Shaver, P. R. (2008). Handbook of attachment: theory, research, and clinical applications. 2nd ed. New York: Guilford Press.
  • Exline, JJ. 2012. Lisan, A., & Lisan, E., Reflecting on acts of kindness toward the self: Emotions, generosity, and the role of social norms. Journal of Positive Psychology, 7, 45–56
  • Rowland, L. (2018). Kindness – Society’s golden chain? Psychologist, 31, 30–34.
  • Tashjian, S. M., Weissman, D. G., Guyer, A. E., & Galván, A. (2018). Neural response to prosocial scenes relates to subsequent giving behavior in adolescents: A pilot study. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscienc

Kindness Curriculum Poster

The benefits associated with giving and receiving kindness are tangible and result in overwhelmingly positive outcomes for the world around us. Science confirms the advantages to the body and mind.

Click here for Printable PDF or Digital PDF.

Additional Resources

We aim to continue to provide updates that may interest teachers who want to embed Kindness Curriculum attributes in their schools and classrooms. Parents may also find many of these activities suitable for use in their home.