"Feelings and behavior are not taught by instruction.
They are developed by experience.“ Mary Gordon - Founder of Roots of Empathy
Emotional Learning for Children - Roots of Empathy
An experimental model for empathy and emotional literacy
Roots of Empathy is a classroom-based program for school children. A neighbourhood baby and parent visit a classroom along with a certified Roots of Empathy Instructor throughout the school year. With our age-appropriate curriculum and our Instructor as a guide, children learn to identify and understand the feelings of the baby, then themselves, and the feelings of others: empathy.
Children develop their social emotional competence. They learn how to create connections and healthy relationships which support their mental wellbeing and resilience, and set the foundation for optimal learning.
And it works. More than two decades of research tells us so. Caring, sharing, and including go up. Aggression and bullying go down. And the effects last.