Curriculum

By educators for educators, The Peace of Mind Core Curriculum Series helps classroom teachers and counselors bring mindfulness-based social and emotional learning and conflict resolution to Early Childhood, Grades 1-2, and Grades 3, and Grades 4-5.  Peace of Mind is a weekly, year-long, school-wide curriculum. Peace of Mind may be adapted for homeschooling.  More on Peace of Mind’s strengths and differences.

I love the fact that I can combine this curriculum seamlessly with Responsive Classroom and yoga classes we already teach. –  Kindergarten Teacher at a college preparatory independent school.

The Strengths of Peace of Mind

For teachers by teachers.  Every lesson has been tested and developed with students over more than a decade.  The curriculum reflects over 16,000 hours of in-classroom development.

Teaches mindfulness as a portable life skill to enable kids to achieve their goals, from self-compassion and focusing attention to standing up to bullying and bias.  We believe mindfulness is the essential foundation for students’ acquisition and mastery of social and emotional skills and conflict resolution tools.

Comprehensive:  Works beautifully and has maximum impact as a school-wide, weekly curriculum for PreK to Grade 5 and may be integrated into many aspects of the school day. Key concepts are reinforced each year, benefit from repetition, and adapted to be age-appropriate as the children grow.  Peace of Mind may also be adapted for homeschooling use.

Integrated: Every lesson starts with mindfulness practice and integrates kindness and empathy, brain science and peaceful conflict resolution. Storytelling, children’s literature, role-playing, group discussion, pair-sharing bring lessons to life.

Flexible and easy to Use: Clearly laid out lessons with ample teacher guidance. Short materials list: a bell or chime and readily-available storybooks. Designed to be taught by Peace teachers, classroom teachers, specials teachers, counselors or home-schooling parents.

Based on sound science. Our approach is supported by current research in the field of mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning.

The Core Curriculum Series

This is an extraordinary curriculum, at once practical and visionary. The lessons are thoughtfully and meticulously scaffolded as the children are guided step-by-step into an understanding of how their brains work, how to interact with the world with kindness, and how to master themselves. In this age of anxiety, what could be more important or valuable than to teach children at an early age how to interpret and navigate their big emotions, calm themselves, and by extension, each other?  – Val C., Early Childhood Educator

Core Curriculum for Early Childhood:

32 step-by-step, weekly lessons integrating mindfulness and social and emotional learning lessons for the youngest students. Many lessons include scripts for Brainy, the Peace of Mind hand puppet. Have a peek inside and check out two sample lessons.

 

Core Curriculum for Grades 1 and 2:

32 step-by-step, weekly lessons integrating mindfulness, SEL and conflict resolution practices for younger students, including worksheets, reproducible handouts, teacher guidance. Have a peek inside and check out two sample lessons.

 

Core Curriculum for Grade 3 – 5:

32 step-by-step, weekly lessons integrating mindfulness, SEL and conflict resolution practices for older students, including original skits and role-plays to support lesson themes, along with reproducible handouts and teacher guidance. We recommend this curriculum for Grade 3, but lessons may also be used with Grades 4 and 5.

 

Curriculum for Grades 4 and 5

33 step-by-step, weekly lessons integrating mindfulness, SEL and conflict resolution practices for older students.  This curriculum works as an introduction for older elementary students and also as a “next step” for students who have had one or two years of the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Grades 3-5.  New lessons help students explore how mindfulness can support them in standing up to bullying and noticing and addressing implicit bias and stereotypes.

Supporting Resources

Peace of Mind has created resources to support you as you teach Peace of Mind, including Brainy the Puppet, Anchor Charts, Games, Card Sets and Posters.

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