Sunday, January 19, 2014

The Kindness Curriculum: A Book Review

About The Book:

Stop bullying before it starts with this anti-bullying curriculum

Help preschoolers develop compassion for others with this collection of classroom and at-home activities. These simple but powerful lessons help children practice loving values as they contribute to a supportive learning environment—a place where all children seek out the goodness in themselves and others.

The Kindness Curriculum, Second Edition, provides a variety of new and revised experiences that strengthen the building blocks of positive character development. Children will enjoy the expression the activities encourage and the playfulness they provide as they learn about love, feelings and empathy, gentleness, self-control, respect, friendship, and conflict resolution. This edition includes activities that aim to prevent bullying before it starts by teaching young children about pro-social values in a peaceful classroom community.

This comprehensive collection of activities helps foster an atmosphere of acceptance, empowerment, and love. It also supports the important lesson that a little kindness can go a long way.

Age focus: 3–6. Softbound, 160 pgs. 

About The Author:

Judith Anne Rice is an early childhood family education teacher with St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota. In addition to the Kindness Curriculum, she has written six books, including Those Mean Nasty Dirty Downright Disgusting but... Invisible Germs and Those Icky Sticky Smelly Cavity-Causing but... Invisible Germs. Judith holds a master's degree in human development from St. Mary's University of Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a minor in early childhood development from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. She stars as her alter ego, Professor Prunella Popper, in videos available

My Review:

Kindness....a word and concept that parents everywhere hope to teach their children, starting when they are very young. In today's day and age though, kindness seems to have been replaced by many young people and bullying behaviors seem to prevail. Why is that, and what can be done to change this behavior, teaching our children to be truly kind to one another? 

Author Judith Anne Rice has come up with a curriculum to teach kindness to the youngest of our societal citizens, children ages three to six years. 

The book is organized very nicely, with the following chapters:

1. Creating Calm
2. Love
3. Feelings and Empathy
4. Gentleness
5. Respect
6. Self-Control
7. Friendship
8. Conflict Resolution
9. Visualization
10. Parent and Child Home Sweet Homework

There is a section of reproducible forms  that can be used both by parents and early childhood educators, basic teaching in American Sign Language. The book is going to be invaluable in my work as an early childhood educator but also as a parent of young children.

 Each chapter has fun activities to teach the kindness concept, including games like Simon Says, Friendship Fruit Soup, and The Talking Wand. Each activity is easy to implement, using items from your house, so any parent or teacher can use it easy with little prep needed.  It is a fantastic resource that I know I will use for many years to come and I know that the techniques I use with my girls, will be passed on to their own children down the road. This is a great resource that should be in every early childhood education program out there and can be adapted for all sizes of programs, and cultures! 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase The Kindness Curriculum online through Redleaf Press, as well as through your favorite local bookseller.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Redleaf Press, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***


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  2. I taught elementary school for a while and bullying really is an issue that needs to be dealt with head-on. Great review!

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