In this set of lessons, we teach the practice of mindfulness not only as a means to help students calm down, but also as a skill to help them become kind and courageous peacemakers and agents of positive change.
We are making this Supplement free to allow all interested educators access these materials. Please note, though, that these lessons are designed to be taught in conjunction with the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grade 3 and/or the Peace of Mind Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5.
We have created this Supplement because we believe that anti-racism work is some of the most important work that teachers can be doing right now. Mindfulness can be a powerful tool to support this work. The lessons in this Supplement provide a framework based in mindfulness and compassion for teaching children about racism, discrimination, implicit bias, stereotypes and bigotry with a foundation of mindfulness and compassion. We can’t help to build the world that our children deserve without acknowledging and reckoning with these forces. We humbly offer these lessons as a way to get you started on the path.
Before diving into these supplemental lessons, we recommend: (1) teaching enough lessons in the Core Curriculum to allow your students to acquire a solid foundation in mindfulness and brain science and (2) going through enough rounds of Kindness Pals to establish the positive connections among your students that will support the challenging conversations ahead.
In the end, though, how you integrate these lessons into the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum that you are teaching is up to you. If you have time to teach them all, wonderful! If you need to weave these supplemental lessons into the regular Core Curriculum, replacing Core Curriculum lessons with these new lessons, that’s ok too. You know your students, your school and your community best. Thank you for taking up this important work!
If you are new to Peace of Mind, we urge you to purchase and use the Peace of Mind Curriculum for Grade 3 if you are teaching 3rd grade or the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5 if you are teaching 4th and/or 5th grade. Find them here: TeachPeaceofMind.org/shop/.