The Peace of Mind 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? A must read for early education teachers everywhere. – Val C., Early Childhood Educator, June 2017
“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 Peace of Mind Curriculum Series includes three volumes, addressing the needs of Early Childhood, Grades 1-2, and Grades 3-5. The Core Curricula for Grades 1-2 and 3-5 were published in 2016, and the Core Curriculum for Early Childhood in 2017. The Peace of Mind Curricula reflect over 16,000 hours of in-classroom development.
The Peace of Mind Curricula have been written for teachers by teachers. Each and every lesson has been tested and developed with students over more than a decade. Current research in the field of mindfulness and Social and Emotional Learning supports the philosophy, structure and goals of Peace of Mind.
All three Peace of Mind Curricula use storytelling, children’s literature, role-playing, group discussion, pair-sharing, and much more to bring lessons to life. The key concepts are reinforced each year, benefit from repetition, and adapted to be age-appropriate as the children grow.
Contents and Cost
Following you will find a table of contents, curriculum overview, sample lessons, and materials list for each curriculum. If you have any questions at all, please
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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 Grades 3, 4 and 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.
The Peace of Mind Curriculum is flexible. The weekly 30-45 minute lessons are being used by classroom teachers, specials teachers, counselors, and in before and after-school programs.
The lessons in Peace of Mind reflect our belief that mindfulness is the essential foundation for students’ acquisition and mastery of social and emotional skills and conflict resolution tools. Teachers do not have to be mindfulness experts, but we do hope they will be interested in learning along with their students.
PEACE OF MIND STORYBOOKS AND PUPPETS
Peace of Mind Storybooks
Curriculum author Linda Ryden wrote Rosie’s Brain, the first book in the Peace of Mind Storybook Series, to introduce elementary school students to mindfulness skills and the parts of the brain that help us manage anger and calm down: the amygdala, hippocampus, and prefrontal cortex.
Henry’s is Kind, the second book in the series, introduces students to the mindfulness practice of Heartfulness and the value of kindness in a fun and engaging way. Sharon Salzberg, author of Real Happiness and Real Love, calls Henry is Kind “bright, fun and engaging.”
Both of these storybooks are available here, and support lessons taught in the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum Series.
Brainy the Puppet
Brainy is a handcrafted puppet specifically designed by Jillian Diesner for Peace of Mind to teach basic brain science. Each puppet is individually created using a knitted mitten with snap-in eyes, pompoms, and other craft materials added to mark the hippocampus, prefrontal cortex, and amygdala. Brainy arrives in a drawstring cloth bag for convenient storage. Each Brainy is an original creation and entertaining educational toy! Brainy is used extensively in the Peace of Mind Core Curriculum for Early Childhood and is an excellent teaching companion for Brain Science lessons in the Peace of Mind Core Curricula for Grades 1-2 and Grades 3-5. Not intended for children under 3.
The Peace of Mind Curriculum Series and The Peace of Mind Storybook Series, and Brainy the Puppet are available through our website. Peace of Mind Curricula and Storybooks are also available through Amazon.com.