Passport to Community
Character Development through Mindfulness
Character education is carefully woven into our curriculum each month by focusing on a singular character trait and using mindfulness techniques to help students to better understand and appreciate their feelings.
Sample character traits include respect, responsibility, patience, persistence, collaboration, and initiative.
Utilizing the designated character trait of the month, teachers first discuss and describe the character trait. Throughout each day, teachers seek opportunities to discuss the character trait in real situations and interactions with their classmates and the world around them. For example, a teacher may ask a student how it makes them feel when they are treated with respect.
Why do we teach character education through mindfulness?
- Improve their attention span and become less distractible
- Stay calm under stress
- Listen and get along better with others
- Create a caring classroom community
- Develop important social/emotional skills
- Learn how their actions affect others
- Become better citizens of their community and world
One of our primary goals is supporting young children on their journey to become caring, compassionate, and responsible members of society. Through our Heart Projects, our children learn that they have the ability to solve real-world problems and make meaningful contributions to the lives of others. Our young learners are challenged to think critically and creatively while practicing essential skills such as collaboration, communication, and teamwork. Through our service learning opportunities, children grow into good neighbors and involved citizens. Learn more about our Heart Projects here!