Teaching Kindness

Can children be taught kindness?  That is the goal of a program being taught in a Pre-kindergarten classroom in Queens, New York and in other preschool programs around the US based on “the Kindness Curriculum, developed by the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in which preschoolers are introduced to a potpourri of sensory games, songs and stories that are designed to help them pay closer attention to their emotions,” ( New York Times).In the program children are taught to recognize their own emotions and become sensitive to the feelings of others, to show kindness toward others. Children who have received this training do become more altruistic but the lessons must be reinforced as children get older.

Seems like a worthwhile addition to school curriculum and the world.

This post is part of We Are The World Blogfest through which bloggers share stories that show love, humanity, and brotherhood but go beyond religion and politics. This month We Are The World is co-hosted by:  Shilpa Garg, Simon Falk, Lynn Hallbrooks, Eric Lahti, Damyanti Biswas and Guilie Castillo.  Click on the WATWB link if you want to read more about the rules and how to join in. Featured image, ‘Kindergarten is fun’ by woodleywonderworks on Wikimedia.org

32 thoughts on “Teaching Kindness

    1. Deborah Drucker Post author

      I think this is a trend according to the NYT article and there are programs for older kids. I was thinking about adults too. We could use some kindness boot camp or retreats don’t you think? Thanks, Susan. 🙂

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  1. hilarymb

    Hi Curtis – couldn’t agree more – sounds an ideal addition to the curriculum … I sincerely hope more schools take it up … and then as you mention it is backed up – cheers Hilary

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  2. Michael and Cynthia Diament

    I like this post a lot because of the idea of promoting/teaching kindness but I also like it because it’s from the UWisconsin which is my alma mater.

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